Mexico earthquake: Tsunami is confirmed after 'strongest quake in 100 years'

Tsunami is confirmed after major earthquake strikes off the coast of Mexico

The quake was measured at a magnitude of 8.4 and was felt in Mexico City (Credit: Twitter @weatherchannel)

Friday, September 8, 2017

A tsunami was confirmed after a major earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico overnight. 

Mexico's president has said the disaster is Mexico's strongest quake for 100 years, and it measured roughly 8.4 on the Richter Scale.

Amidst the mass evacuations cuased by the earthquake, the Pacific Tsunami Centre said waves of up to three metres could strike the western coastal areas of the country. 

The epicentre of the quake was confirmed to be 165 kilometres west of Chiapas, where three people have been confirmed dead. 

It was powerful enough to be felt in Mexico City, more than 1,000 kilometers away, where residents fled their buildings in pyjamas and huddled in the streets.

Videos of intense shaking and pictures of wrecked buildings have been posted to social media in the wake of the event.

The earthquake comes at a time when Mexico is threatened by a major hurricane, Katia, which is expected to bring 20 inches of rain and 85mph winds to the capital this weekend.