Powerful 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Southern Mexico This Morning, Tsunami Warning Issued

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A magnitude 7.4 earthquake in southern Mexico triggered a tsunami warning for the Pacific Coast of Mexico and surrounding Central American nations. Photo courtesy USGS.

People living on the Pacific Coast of southern Mexico awoke to the earth trembling this morning, followed by a startling tsunami warning after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit in the state of Oaxaca. 

That’ll get you out of bed.

Fox News reports that the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 and struck at 11:29 a.m. ET, 7 miles west of Santa María Zapotitlán, Mexico.


The earthquake had a depth of about 20 miles and was centered along the Pacific coast of Oaxaca state near the resort of Huatulco, Fox News said

The massive quake was felt as far as Guatemala and throughout south and central Mexico.

Here’s what we know about today’s earthquake, according to The Daily Mail

  • A 7.4 earthquake hit the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on Tuesday morning
  • One person died in the Oaxaca city of Santa María Huatulco
  • Authorities also reported a resident in Oaxaca was injured 
  • The tremor eclipsed the September 19, 2019, earthquake in the central state of Puebla that killed 370 people and injured 6,011
  • Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said no major damages were reported
  • A tsunami alert has been issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras 

The National Weather Service’s (NWS) Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said that “hazardous” tsunami waves from the quake are possible within 620 miles of the epicenter, along the Pacific coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, according to Fox News. 

Tsunami waves of up to 3 to 9 feet are also possible along some coasts of Mexico, while tsunami waves of up to 3 feet are possible for Ecuador.

In the rest of Central America, tsunami waves of up to a foot are possible along the Pacific Coast, according to the PTWC.

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