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At least two people were reported dead and tsunami warnings were issued after the massive tremor struck off the southern coast, shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City and El Salvador.

Mexican president confirms at least five people have died in the country’s massive earthquake

Mexican president confirms at least five people have died in the country's massive earthquake

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A major earthquake hit the southern coast Mexico early Friday morning, causing at least two deaths and prompting tsunami warnings down Central America.

The 8.1 magnitude quake struck off the coast of the Mexican state of Chiapas, at a depth of about 20 miles, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the quake was located about 102 miles west of the city of Tapachula.

Citing local officials, the Associated Press and other media reported that at least two people had been killed in the quake, though BuzzFeed News could not immediately confirm the death toll. The USGS said that significant casualties and economic loss were likely as a result of the quake.

The earthquake was widely felt across the region, including in Mexico City, more than 600 miles from the epicenter. Images from the capital appeared to capture buildings and other structures swaying violently from the temblor.


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