Last night at 11:49 p.m. (EST), an 8.1 earthquake struck Mexico and seismic experts say it was the biggest earthquake in the area in a century. The epicenter registered off Mexico‘s southern Pacific Coast between the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. It was felt throughout the country and in parts of Guatemala, Guatemala, and Belize. While this is a developing story, officials are reporting the deaths of 15 people. According to NPR, there have been about 20 aftershocks already.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was tweeting throughout the night and early this morning. He called it the strongest earthquake in a century. The Associated Press reports that on June 3, 1932, Mexico City was previously hit with an 8.1 earthquake.
Según la última actualización, el #sismo tuvo una magnitud de 8.2 grados, es el más intenso en casi un siglo
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) September 8, 2017
He also tweeted that “Civil protection protocols are activated, including the National Emergency Committee.” The Mexican government initially called for a tsunami warning but The New York Times is reporting that neither the coasts of Oaxaca and Chiapas have been “affected by waves in the aftermath,” and added that the “Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the largest wave recorded on Mexico’s Pacific Coast measured less than four feet.
Paulaina Gomez-Wulschner told CNN that she was driving when the earthquake began. She said cars began to go toward the middle of the road to avoid falling objects.