At least 5 dead as magnitude-8.1 earthquake rocks southern Mexico

U.S. Geological Survey chart of the epicenter

The area is seismically active, and has experienced eight other earthquakes measuring between 7.0 and 7.5 over the past 100 years.

This natural disaster struck shortly before midnight on Thursday and was felt by tens of millions of people in various cities.

Mexico was hit on Friday by a massive 8.2-magnitude quake, described by the President as the country's strongest in a century, killing at least 32 people and triggering a series of tsunami waves.

In Oaxaca, 17 people have died, including ten in the town of Juchitán, where over 100 buildings have collapsed.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the powerful temblor struck 20 miles under the Pacific near Mexico's border with Guatemala at 11:49 p.m. Thursday local time.

Luis Felipe Puente, the country's national coordinator for emergency management, told CNN that 10 people died in Oaxaca state, four in Chiapas state and two in Tabasco state.

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TRT World's Tetiana Anderson reports.

Different parts of the world are reporting feeling the effects of the quake, in places like Mexico City; Austin, Texas, and Washington state.

The powerful quake that shook Mexico overnight has killed at least 61 people.

A tsunami has been confirmed in Mexico, with one wave topping off at about three feet, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service. Details on damage from remote areas were not clear, raising the possibility that the death toll could rise, officials said. Ome was crushed by a collapsing wall.

Classes were cancelled on Friday across southern Mexican states in order to inspect buildings to make sure they are structurally sound.

It posed a potential tsunami threat to the Pacific coastlines of countries including Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras, the US Tsunami Warning System said. The quake has brought severe damage to Mexico as one million people were initially without electricity, but around 800-thousand people have got the power back.

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