At least 32 people were killed after a massive 8.1 magnitude earthquake, one of the biggest recorded in Mexico, struck off the country's southern coast late on Thursday, causing cracks in buildings and triggering a small tsunami, authorities said.
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a press conference that the quake was the biggest to strike the country in a hundred years, larger even than a huge temblor that struck in 1985, killing thousands.
Enrique Pena Nieto: Desafortunadamente, se tiene reporte de personas fallecidas. Mis más sentidas condolencias para sus familiares.
Chiapas Governor Manuel Velasco Coello said four people in his state had been reported to have died, including a child, adding that there had been 12 aftershocks. He advised people to evacuate their homes due to the tsunami warning.
A number of buildings suffered severe damage in parts of southern Mexico. Some of the worst initial reports came from the town of Juchitan in Oaxaca state, where sections of the town hall, a hotel, a bar and other buildings were reduced to rubble.