Instagram users in Mexico City shared videos in the late hours of Thursday evening as a powerful earthquake shook buildings and led the government to issue emergency warnings.
The earthquake, with magnitude of 8.2, was felt by around 50 million people. At least 26 people are reported to have died in the incident. The earthquake, which occurred off the Pacific coast of Chiapas state, led to the government issuing a tsunami warning. In the early hours of Friday morning, cars filled the streets in the aftermath.
“Sadly, there are reports that people have died,” president of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto said on Twitter Friday morning. “My deepest condolences to their families.”
It’s the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years, stronger than the 8.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico City itself in 1985. In that event, 10,000 people died and 30,000 more were left injured.
Although Thursday’s event has had a smaller effect, owing to its occurrence off the coast, the government took a number of steps to avoid issues. Schools in 10 states were declared closed, and authorities have been ordered to immediately assess the damage.
Here is some of the footage people have shared of the event through social media: