struck the southern coast of Mexico
near Chiapas at 23:49 CDT
on 7 September.
on the moment magnitude scale
and a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent)
and occurred near the state of Chiapas,
approximately 87 kilometres (54 mi) south of Pijijiapan
in the Gulf of Tehuantepec.
The earthquake caused some buildings
in Mexico City
prompting people to evacuate.
It also generated a tsunami
with waves of 1.75 metres (5 ft 9 in)
above tide level;
and tsunami alerts were issued for surrounding areas.
Mexico's president called it
the strongest earthquake recorded in the country
in a century.
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