An earthquake of magnitude 8.4 shakes the southwest of Mexico

A magnitude 8.4 earthquake has shaken southwest Mexico, according to the National Seismological Service.

The epicenter of the earthquake, at 4:49 am (GMT), has been in the state of Chiapas and has had several aftershocks. Authorities have activated the tsunami alert in the Pacific and are going to evacuate coastal areas in the south of the country as well as Guatemala, Uniradio reports.

In Guatemala the recorded tremor has been of magnitude 7.3 on the Richter open scale, according to the first information from the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology. In addition to Mexico and Guatemala, the tsunami alert affects El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Ecuador.

The earthquake, which originated 137 kilometers southwest of Tonalá and 33 kilometers deep, has been felt violently in Mexico City. The shaking has caused power cuts in the capital, where the seismic alert has been heard, and immediately ambulances have begun to be heard.

The national coordinator of Civil Protection, Luis Felipe Puente, also comments through his Twitter account that at the moment do not have a report of the damages caused by the earthquake. Puente affirms that in the low zones of Oaxaca and Chiapas there is alert to the probability of waves that could surpass the four meters.



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