A 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday

By Alexia Fernandez
September 08, 2017 02:12 AM

 

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake shook the coast of southern Mexico, near the border of Guatemala, late Thursday.

The quake had a depth of 20 miles, according to CNN. The quake was so string that it was felt in Mexico City which is 600 miles from the epicenter.

Residents were advised that tsunami waves could hit within three hours off the coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Ecuador.

The Guardian reports initial tsunami waves could reach the cities of Puerto Madero, Acapulco and Lazaro Cardenas.

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At least one person died when a church collapsed in San Sebastian, Guatemala, according to The Independent.

While the earthquake was felt in such places like Acapulco and Chiapas, the eastern coast of Mexico is under threat by Hurricane Katia, which is expected to hit the country from the Gulf Coast as a Category 2 hurricane, according to the Weather Channel.

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