The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued tsunami threat for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras following strong quake in southern Mexico

The US said a very strong earthquake hit southern Mexico on Tuesday, shaking buildings in the center of the capital Mexico City hundreds of miles away and sending hundreds of people fleeing their homes into the streets.

The country’s Geological Survey said the quake’s magnitude was 7.7, while Mexico’s seismological institute put its strength at 7.1. Quakes of such size can be devastating.

The earthquake was centered in the southern state of Oaxaca, the Mexican institute said.

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