[Ed. – Reportedly felt hundreds of miles away all over Central America, and even north of Mexico City more than 600 miles from the epicenter.]
A massive 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of southern Mexico late Thursday night, 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’s epicenter was 102 miles west of Tapachula in southern Chiapas state not far from Guatemala. It had a depth of 22 miles.
Seismologist Lucy Jones with Caltech said a tsunami could be generated along the central American coast, but would not reach as far as California or Hawaii.
“The good news is that it’s offshore and therefore, everybody’s a certain distance away from it,” Jones told Eyewitness News. “The bad news is being offshore, it can change the shape of the sea floor and that’s what can generate a tsunami.”