Video captures the moment an 8.2 earthquake struck Mexico

Mexico rocked by deadly earthquake

The quake struck the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Mexico, registering a magnitude of 8.4 and causing severe damage to many towns in nearby areas.

The tsunami warning was for the coasts of Mexico, down through Central America into Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras, and as far south as Ecuador.

Terrifying footage has emerged showing the destruction caused by the huge 8.1 magnitude natural disaster which struck off the coast of Chiapas in southern Mexico.

One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to hit Mexico shook the southern part of the country Thursday night. 10 people had died in Oaxaca, while three deaths were reported in Chiapas, and the deaths of two children in Tabasco.

The country's President, Enrique Peña Nieto, described the quake as the strongest in a century.

The quake was felt in Mexico City, sending residents to the streets out of fears that buildings would collapse.




At least 45 people were killed in Oaxaca state, Mexico's Civil Protection National Coordinator said on Twitter.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre warned about possible tsunami. The quake has brought severe damage to Mexico as one million people were initially without electricity, but around 800-thousand people have got the power back. Several aftershocks of between 4 and 6 magnitude have hit the region since.

"I had never been anywhere where the earth moved so much", Luis Carlos Briceno, who was visiting Mexico City, told Reuters.

Chiapas Governor Manuel Velasco said hospitals, roads and bridges were damaged and four people died in his state. while TV Azteca showed images of small buildings that collapsed in nearby Oaxaca state. All the people ran out from the houses on to the streets after the natural disaster.

The US Geological Survey reported the quake's magnitude at 8.1.

Mexico is also now under threat from Hurricane Katia along its eastern coast.

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