Eight countries have received tsunami alerts after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck 120 kilometers southwest of Mexico, according to US Geological Survey data.
The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 33 km (21 miles), 123 km (76 miles) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, not far from the Guatemalan border.
The US Tsunami Warning System said hazardous tsunami waves are likely to follow in eight neighboring countries, including Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.
— EMSC (@LastQuake) September 8, 2017
MORE: Tsunami waves possible in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Ecuador pic.twitter.com/dVigYdMkIa
— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) September 8, 2017
Tsunami waves could reach Santa Cruz, Mexico as early as 5:40 UTC/1:40 EDT/About 30 minutes from now pic.twitter.com/S9l6fJjQj1
— 🌀Kyle Underwood🌀 (@wx8) September 8, 2017
People in Mexico City flocked to the streets after the quake struck, an eyewitness told Reuters.
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