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8.1 earthquake strikes near Mexico's Pacific coast

Staff Writer | September 8, 2017
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a massive 8.1 earthquake near Mexico's southern Pacific Coast Thursday night, causing shocks to be felt throughout the country.
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LatAm   102 miles west of Tapachula
The earthquake's epicenter was 102 miles west of Tapachula in southern Chiapas state, near the Mexico-Guatemala border.

"Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake resistant construction," the USGS said. "The predominant vulnerable building types are adobe block with concrete bond beam and mud wall construction."

The quake caused buildings to sway as far away as Mexico City, the nation's capital, causing people to run out into the streets to avoid being caught in structure collapses, according to social media reports.

Mexican newspaper El Pais tweeted a video of Mexico City's iconic Angel of Independence statue swaying during the quake.