A massive earthquake of 8.2 magnitude hit Mexico late Thursday (Sept 7), killing at least 32 people and causing huge devastation.
Highlights of the 8.2 earthquake that hit the southern coast of Mexico:
1. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the country in the last 100 years.
2. The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 8.1, while Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the earthquake measured 8.2.
3. According to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, over 260 aftershocks up to a magnitude of 6.1 were reported.
4. Around 50 million people out of Mexico’s approximate 120 million people felt the earthquake.
5. At least 32 people were killed in the calamity, while over 200 others were injured. Of the dead, 23 hailed from Oaxaca state.
6. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake struck at 11:49 pm on Thursday local time.
7. The epicentre of the quake was 165 km west of Tapachula in Chiapas, near Guatemala. Its depth was 69.7 km.
8. Apart from large-scale destruction of private and public properties, electricity was snapped after the quake and over 1.85 million people went without power. The Maxican President has ordered an immediate assessment of the damage thus caused.
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9. Schools remained closed on Friday (Sept 8) in at least 10 Mexican states and in Mexico City.
10. After the earthquake, a tsunami has been confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 3 ft. The US Tsunami Warning System has predicted possible tsunami waves on the Pacific coasts of Central American countries like Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras.
11. It was on Sept 19, 1985 that Mexico City was hit by a 8.0 earthquake, killing at least 5,000 people.
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Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.