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.
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.
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.