A 7.7 magnitude powerful earthquake hit the coast of southern Mexico on Tuesday, shaking buildings in Mexico City hundreds of miles away.
People were seen fleeing their homes into the streets. and this has also triggered a tsunami warning.
There were no reports of casualties due to the earthquake. The epicentre of the quake was traced to the Pacific coast, in the state of Oaxaca.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in a statement said as per preliminary reports no damage occurred but added that he was still waiting for reports from Oaxaca, a mountainous state.
A photographer, Alberto Ibanez, in the city of Oaxaca, said the earthquake left a crack in internal walls of his apartment and knocked books and pots off their shelves.
“Everybody fled into the street, it was really strong,” Ibanez said.
Witnesses in Mexico City saw no initial signs of injuries or damage.
The capital’s public security ministry said a flyover showed “no fallen buildings.”
Earthquakes of magnitudes over 7 are rare and are classified as major earthquakes that can result in heavy damage. An earthquake of 7.1 magnitude in 2017 that struck central Mexico killed 355 people in the capital and the surrounding states.
Today’s quake set off a tsunami alert for a radius of 1,000 km on the Pacific coasts of Mexico and Central America, including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
USGS said the epicenter was located 69 km northeast of the town of Pochutla. The quake was very shallow, only 26 km below the earth’s surface, which would have amplified the shaking.
Mexico is situated at the intersection of three tectonic plates and is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. Mexico City is seen as particularly vulnerable as it sits on top of an ancient lake bed.