World Strongest quake 'since 1985' strikes off Mexican coast

08:49  08 september  2017
08:49  08 september  2017 Source:   Reuters

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A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico early Thursday, waking up people living near the Gulf of California only hours after a separate temblor swayed tall buildings in Mexico City. She was born a month after the 1985 quake and grew up hearing about it.

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MEXICO CITY - An earthquake of magnitude 8 struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, shaking buildings across the center and south of the country and sending people running into the streets in the capital.

There were no immediate reports of major damage.

Mexico's civil protection agency said it was the strongest earthquake to hit the country since a devastating 1985 tremor that toppled buildings and killed thousands.

People in Mexico City ran out into the streets in pajamas and alarms sounded after the quake struck just before midnight, a Reuters witness said. Power went out in some neighborhoods.

"I had never been anywhere where the earth moved so much. At first I laughed, but when the lights went out I didn't know what to do. I nearly fell over," said Luis Carlos Briceno, an architect, 31, who was visiting Mexico City.

The epicenter was 123 km (76 miles) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 33 km (21 miles). Widespread, hazardous tsunami waves were possible, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.
(Repoorting by Mexico City Bureau, writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Nick Macfie)

Trump: Call with Mexican president delayed over bad cell service .
<p>President Trump says he has offered his condolences to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto after a magnitude 8.1 earthquake shook the country last week, saying in a tweet that the call was delayed due to poor cellphone reception.</p>"Spoke to President of Mexico to give condolences on terrible earthquake. Unable to reach for 3 days b/c of his cell phone reception at site," Trump said in the tweet.

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