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.
Earthquake in Mexico City- still occurring - not sure where epicenter is nor if there is any real damage pic.twitter.com/KDAou9YhPG— 𝓐𝓷𝓭𝓪𝓵𝓪𝓵𝓾𝓬𝓱𝓪 (@Andalalucha) June 23, 2020
A reported 7.7 earthquake just hit Mexico City, epicenter in Oaxaca. pic.twitter.com/ItJY5MJQOn— Ryan Anders Whitney (@RyanAndersWhit2) June 23, 2020
This was the earthquake in Mexico City 😭pic.twitter.com/pZJ78u6qGy— emiliano (@EmilianoSwiftie) June 23, 2020
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.
The city of Oaxaca shows damage to old buildings in the downtown area after the earthquake this morning.— Corelion, LLC (@corelionnews) June 23, 2020
Via Sismologico pic.twitter.com/anEAJs41gC#temblor #earthquake #mexico #oaxaca #tembloroaxaca #sismo #alertasismica pic.twitter.com/PaMVyiflW9
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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 María Zapotitlán and 23 miles from Crucecita at a depth of 14 miles. 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.
Just had a surreal moment: whilst calling my family in Mexico City, the city's earthquake early warning system went off and my grandma and I were talking while her apartment building was gently shaking and she was standing in her safe spot. Sometimes I miss the tremours lol.— Alex Griffin 🌵 (@forbiddencactus) June 23, 2020
for context, we are 1.5 hours away from Mexico City and our house was moving enough to run outside.— Jennifer Noelle Castro 💙 (@JenniferNCastro) June 23, 2020
Aftershocks that were even more powerful have already been recorded, with magnitudes as high as 7.7 according to the USGS.
BREAKING: Powerful prelim. magnitude 7.7 earthquake has hit near El Coyul, Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, USGS website says.— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 23, 2020