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Massive Earthquake Shakes Mexico’s Capital And Causes Tremor In Texas

A massive earthquake hit off the coast of southern Mexico late Thursday night at about 11:49pm, causing buildings to sway violently and people to flee to the streets in panic as far away as the capital city, Associated Press reports.

Preparations: A hospital evacuated its patients and staff in Puebla after the earthquake struck amid reports at least 15 people have been killed

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 8.1 and had a depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and it’s the biggest Mexico has had in over a century.

At least 15 have been killed and millions are left without power amid reports tremors were detected as a far away as Austin, Texas – more than 1,300 miles from the epicentre.

Aftermath: This was the scene in a shopping centre in Mexico after it was violently shaken by the earthquake overnight

Evacuations in coastal areas are being made, over fears of a 3.3ft high tsunami. The tsunami has already been detected in Mexico after the quake struck, 76 miles southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 43 miles. But Seismologists at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it could grow to 12ft and residents in Puerto Madero in Chiapas are being evacuated as a precaution.

As far as 8,700 miles away in the Philippines, the national disaster agency put the country’s entire eastern seaboard on alert.

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