9 September 2017

Powerful quake hits southern Pacific coast

An earthquake estimated to measure 8.4 in the Richter Scale which hit the southern Pacific coast of Mexico was felt in a large part of the country including Mexico City, Puebla, Veracruz, Coatzacoalcos and many other cities.

The quake struck at about midnight local time on Thursday night and lasted about 3 minutes and 40 seconds. Its epicentre was about 50 km offshore the Pacific coast, near in front of the limits of Oaxaca and Chiapas states.

Damages are now being assessed but it looks that the southern part of the country has sustained the most damage, with small towns in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec partially destroyed.  No final evaluation has been completed yet. Information about the impact of the quake on ports will be provided as it becomes available.

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