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MEXICO CITY (KGTV) -- A massive 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Mexico's southern Pacific Coast Thursday night. Over a dozen people were killed and several more injured, Mexican officials said.
According to data from the United States Geological Survey, the jolt struck at around 9:49 p.m. and was centered about 60 miles southwest of Pijijiapan, a small Mexican town in the state of Chiapas which is located near the border with Guatemala.
The National Weather service issued a Tsunami Threat alert advising that hazardous waves may reach more than 9 feet along some coasts of Mexico.
"Tsunami waves reaching more than 3 meters above the tide level are possible along some coasts of Mexico," the NOAA/NWS said in the alert.
The USGS has reported four aftershocks registering above 5.0 in magnitude.
On Sept. 19, 1985, thousands of people were killed when an 8.0 magnitude temblor struck Mexico City. The powerful quake flattened hundreds of buildings throughout the region, including a major hospital, Hospital Juárez de México, where nearly 300 people were killed. The total number of deceased ranged between 5,000 to 10,000.
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#BREAKING@USGS says preliminary 8.0 earthquake hits Mexico. Centered 119km SSW of Tres Picos.