Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes South Of Mexico City; 1 Dead

Update (1200ET): The US National Weather Service just warned that a tsunami could hit Mexico, and/or parts of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

  • TSUNAMI WAVES 1-3 METERS ABOVE TIDE LEVEL POSSIBLE ALONG MEXICO
  • TSUNAMI WAVES 0.3 TO 1 METERS ABOVE TIDE POSSIBLE ALONG ECUADOR
  • TSUNAMI WAVES LESS THAN 0.3 METERS POSSIBLE ALONG COSTA RICA

Vulnerable stretches of coastline are being evacuated. So far, there have been no reports of falling buildings in Mexico City, though the mayor of the city said there has been "some" structural damage.

Video from the scene has made its way on to social media.

Videos came from as far away as Veracruz...

...And the epicenter in Oaxaca, where the only death associated with the earthquake so far has been reported. Another was reported injured.

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With its hospital system already overwhelmed by the coronavirus, Mexico City has just been struck by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake (according to the Mexican geological officials) just moments ago. There have been reports of buildings shaking.

The quake struck at 8:29amPT roughly 7 miles from Santa MarΓ­a ZapotitlΓ‘n and 23 miles from Crucecita at a depth of 14 miles.Β It was felt in Guatemala and throughout south and central Mexico. The epicenter was traced to the southern state of Oaxaca, not far from the capital city.

First-person reports are pouring in on twitter and other social media, but there haven't been any reports of substantial damage yet. Some people reported feeling their house shake in villages that are miles away from Mexico City.

Aftershocks that were even more powerful have already been recorded, with magnitudes as high as 7.7 according to the USGS.