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Deadly 8.0 quake strikes near Mexico; tsunami alerts triggered

A magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck near the Pacific coast of Mexico as Hurricane Irma continues its path of destruction in the Caribbean in the nearby Caribbean. 


The Washington Post reports that the death toll from the earthquake has risen to over 60 with deaths occuring in the states of Oaxaca (45), Chiapas (15) and Tabasco (4).


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With its epicentre 123 kilometres from the southern coast town of Pijijiapan, and at a depth of 33 kilometres, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake could be felt as far away as capital Mexico City, where people fled shaking buildings.


According to Reuters, a witness said people ran onto the street as the quake hit. Widespread and hazardous tsunamis have been forecast for the region, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.


Meanwhile, New Zealand authorities are looking into the possibility of a tsunami making its way to NZ, where any possible waves would not arrive for at least 12 hours, according to The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and GNS Science.


"We will provide a further update as soon as the initial assessment has been completed," it said.


The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology said there was no tsunami threat to Australia.


[Updated 10 Sep]


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 8 September 2017

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