Mexico and surrounding countries have been issued with a tsunami warning following an 8.4-magnitude earthquake that hit Chiapas on Friday.
According to the US Tsunami Warning System, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, and Costa Rica are at risk from hazardous tsunami waves.
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This is the strongest earthquake to strike Mexico since the 1985 quake that killed thousands of people in Mexico City and caused serious damage.
The PTWC issued a warning, saying that “Tsunami waves reaching more than 3 meters above the tide level are possible along some coasts of Mexico,” and waves reaching up to one meter are expected to hit the coastlines of nearby countries.
“Persons located in threatened coastal areas should stay alert for information and follow instructions from national and local authorities,” the PTWC said.
According to reports, up to eight hours before the earthquake struck, bright lights were seen in the sky.
bright lights showing up during an earthquake and articles being written 7 hours before said earthquake.. what is going on #temblor pic.twitter.com/68K3ipTF3G
— Jack Lanser (@JackLanser) September 8, 2017
Photos have emerged online showing the impact of the earthquake in Chiapas, including damage to buildings, roads, and local infrastructure.
Palacio Municipal de San Cristobal de Las Casas, afectado por sismo de 8.1. #Chiapas pic.twitter.com/yvPEGq1X9A
— Centro Tlaxcala (@Centro_Tlax) September 8, 2017
Camino al Jobo en Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, hay piedras en la carretera producto de deslave por sismo de 8.0 Richter en Tonalá. pic.twitter.com/Mgu2i7WuFD
— Andrés Domínguez (@andresreportero) September 8, 2017
People in Mexico City flocked to the streets after the quake struck, an eyewitness told Reuters.
Tremors in Mexico City caused the Angel of Independence historical landmark to swing for several minutes.
#Sismo #CDMX Más del "Ángel de la Independencia" pic.twitter.com/NCrnL2oUBY
— Rubén Luengas (@rubengluengas) September 8, 2017
An eyewitness uploaded dazzling footage of earthquake lights that appeared in the skies over Mexico City shortly after the quake.
A shopping mall in the Mexican capital nearly collapsed following the tremors.
The shockwaves also affected Chiapas International Airport.