An Earthquake in Mexico, with a magnitude of 8.1 has left at least five people killed and houses devastated, in the southern state of Chipas.
Mexico’s President said “The earthquake was the biggest the country has seen in a century”
Aftershocks are continuing – the state is warned a stronger shock could occur in the next 24 hours, possibly of up to 7.2 on the scale.
Authorities say the earthquake has triggered a Tsunami. The largest wave is expected to measure one metre above tide level.
The US Tsunami Warning System said hazardous waves were also possible on the Pacific coasts of several Central American countries, including Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras, within three hours.
Whether the earthquake could generate a tsunami along the coastline of other countries is still being assessed. New Zealand in particular, is on alert, and initial assessments are still under way.