Authorities in Mexico have closed schools in the nation’s capital following the largest earthquake to hit the country in a century.
At least 32 people are confirmed dead and officials fear the death toll may rise. The powerful 8.1 magnitude quake triggered tsunami warnings and sent people running into the streets.
The impact was even felt hundreds of miles away in Mexico City, where power was briefly knocked out for almost 2 million people. Mexico’s president says the earthquake was the strongest to hit his country in a century.
Reporter Jeff Paul of CBS Station KTVT was also in southern Mexico at the time. “It felt like a train was rolling beneath our feet and that’s when we saw the building shaking from side to side and it sounded like pieces of metal just scraping together,” says Paul.
The quake hit as people in the country were preparing for a possible blow from Hurricane Katia.
Officials are now assessing damage and bracing for aftershocks.
Mexico City was hit by another devastating quake back in 1985 and that one killed 5,000 people.