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In Mexico City on Sept. 8
In Mexico City on Sept. 8
Stuart Richardson

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Milenio, Sept. 8, 2017

A massive earthquake struck off the coast of the Mexican state of Chiapas just after midnight, and Friday's front page of the Mexican daily Mileniorecorded its strength in bold, black letters: "8.2º Richter," a once-in-a-century seismic event.

Local authorities have already confirmed five fatalities. This figure will likely rise as communities begin to sift through the rubble. Many also fear that the seismic activity will generate a tsunami, further affecting the region, though initial reports suggest that the expected three-meter high waves will not cause significant damage.

The earthquake comes amid a series of natural phenomena that have devastated this part of the world. Much of the Caribbean and the U.S. Southeast is hunkering down as Hurricane Irma tears through the region, following the widespread damage and flooding caused by Harvey.

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