Around 32 people are said to have died today after a massive earthquake hit southern Mexico today. The earthquake measured 8.1 in magnitude, which is strong enough to topple buildings and bridges and other human installations. Today’s earthquake is being counted amongst the biggest even to have hit Mexico. The earthquake caused cracks in several buildings and even triggered a tsunami. The quake is being considered stronger than the 1985 quake that had caused significant damage to Mexico City and resulted in the deaths of thousands of people. However, loss of life was relatively less in today’s earthquake. Search and rescue operations are underway and more fatalities can be detected.
As per seismic data provided by the US Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake measured 8.1 in magnitude and its epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, 54 miles (87 km) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan in the southern state of Chiapas, at a depth of 43 miles. Most people have come out of their home and are staying in the streets. Authorities have advised people to look for structural damages to their homes and gas leaks. Eyewitnesses said that they have never witnessed something so terrible in their entire lives.