Hotel collapse aftermath of 8.1 magnitude earthquake (Photo source: Twitter/ProtecciónCivilOax‏ @CEPCO_GobOax)

A powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake has hit Mexico and has left at least 15 people dead. The earthquake hit around 11:49 p.m. (PST) according to Mexican officials and its epicenter was off the coast of  Mexico, 76 miles southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 43 miles. At least one tsunami was reported and officials fear that tremors could spark waves as high as 12 feet.

The powerful quake was felt in Mexico City and as far away as Austin, Texas. There are at least one million people without power and coastal areas have been ordered evacuated because of the fear of tsunamis, multiple warning networks have been issued across central America and the Pacific. According to the US Geological Survey and Mexican seismologic service, the earthquake was the most powerful on record for the country. This story is developing.

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