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Central America: Tsunami warning after earthquake in southern Mexico Sep. 8

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issues alert for possible tsunami or "hazardous waves" around the Pacific coast of Central America after magnitude-8 earthquake recorded off southern coast of Mexico early morning September 8

08 Sep 06:12 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 9/8/2017, 5:00 AM until 9/8/2017, 11:59 PM (America/Mexico_City). COUNTRY/REGION Pijijiapan, Mexico, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Ecuador

Event

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that a strong magnitude-8 earthquake struck southwest of Pijijiapan, Mexico, in the early morning hours of Friday, September 8; a warning for possible tsunami waves off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico, has also been issued. There have been no immediate reports of injuries or damages. Aftershocks are possible.

Advice

All those present in the region are advised to avoid impacted areas and coastal regions. After an earthquake, check for injuries and take note of your surroundings. If indoors, shut off the water, gas, and electricity lines, and evacuate the area. Aftershocks often follow an earthquake and can lead to further damages and loss of life. Individuals already present in areas affected by the earthquake are advised to follow all instructions issued by local authorities. Only use your telephone in case of urgency so as to leave communication lines open for emergency services.

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