An 8.1 Magnitude Earthquake strikes Southern Mexico.
August and September have already had massive natural disasters of cataclysmic proportions. Hurricane Harvey was devastating, causing almost $200 billion in damage and as Hurricane Irma gets ready to touch down in South Beach, Southern Mexico was rocked by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake; the largest in over 100 years. According to reports, at least 29 civilians have been reported dead; the city of Oaxaca is reporting the most casualties with 23 dead.
The epicenter of the quake was reported in the Pacific Ocean, some 74 miles from the Pacific coast and hit just before midnight on Thursday. "High casualties and extensive damage are probable, and the disaster is likely widespread. Past red alerts have required a national or international response," said The United States Geological Survey, which predicts economic and human loss after earthquakes. The quake also shut off power for almost 2 million homes, although electricity was returned to 74% of those affected, with the rest expected to have power in the next 36 hours. Despite the earthquake ending, aftershocks of 5.0 magnitude were reported around Mexico City, while tsunamis were also reported off the coast, seeing waves reach as high as 10 feet tall. Stay tuned for more updates.