The tsunami warning was for the coasts of Mexico, down through Central America into Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras, and as far south as Ecuador. President Enrique Pena Nieto said the earthquake is the biggest the country has seen in a century. He said that 62 aftershocks followed the quake and it’s possible one as strong as 7.2 could hit in the next 24 hours. The first aftershock of magnitude 5.7 occurred after 12 minutes.
People in the streets after earthquake
The quake damaged hospitals, schools, hotels and residential structures. There are many victims, at least six, but the exact number is not known. Civil protection officials in Mexico were checking for damage in Chiapas, but the quake was so powerful that frightened residents in Mexico City fled apartment buildings, often in their pajamas, and gathered in groups in the street. Helicopters crisscrossed the sky above Mexico City with spotlights. In neighboring Guatemala, President Jimmy Morales spoke on national television to call for calm. The small tsunami it’s not expected to affect California or Hawaii.. Mexico sits atop five tectonic plates, whose movement makes it one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.