UPDATE: NO TSUNAMI FOR HAWAII…….
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
ORIGIN TIME – 0649 PM HST 07 SEP 2017
LOCATION – OFF THE COAST OF CHIAPAS MEXICO
MAGNITUDE – 8.2 MOMENT
THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER HAS ISSUED A TSUNAMI THREAT
MESSAGE FOR OTHER PARTS OF THE PACIFIC LOCATED CLOSER TO THE
EARTHQUAKE. HOWEVER… TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII IS STILL
A massive 8-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of southern Mexico tonight, causing buildings to sway violently and people to flee into the street in panic as far away as the capital city.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 8.0 and its epicenter was 165 kilometers (102 miles) west of Tapachula in southern Chiapas state not far from Guatemala. It had a depth of 35 kilometers.
The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said the earthquake was a potential tsunami threat to several Central American countries, including the Pacific coastlines of Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica. It said the threat was still being evaluated for Hawaii, Guam and other Pacific islands.
According to the Pacific Tsunami Weather Center, tsunami waves of about one foot are possible for Hawaii, and for some coasts of Mexico, waves reaching more than three meters above the tide level are possible.
Even distant Mexico City the quake was felt so strongly that frightened residents gathered in the streets in the dark, often in their pajamas, fearing that buildings would collapse.