Mexico’s Pacific coast struck by century’s strongest tremor

Sep 08, 2017, 6:03 AM EDT
(Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr)
(Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr)

An earthquake of magnitude 8.1and epicenter located in the Pacific, 54 miles southwest of the town of Pijijiapan in the state of Chiapas ripped off Mexico’s southern coast late on Thursday, leaving at least six people dead and triggering a small tsunami.

Southern Mexico and western Guatemala were hit hard with a number of buildings flattened into rubble, writes the BBC. The tremors off the Pacific coast bring back the haunting memories of the deadly 1985 quake in Mexico City, which left thousands dead.

Mexico City, nestled on the soft soil of a former lakebed, has tightened its building codes since 1985 and conducts frequent public drills to create awareness about the initial response to tremors, notes The Guardian