Many people have been killed after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck 60 miles off the southern coast of Mexico, sparking tsunami warnings across the world while Hurricane Irma pummels neighbouring Caribbean islands as it heads towards Florida.
It struck off the southern coast of Mexico in the early hours, toppling buildings and leaving millions without power, just as Hurricane Katia started bearing down.
Katia is intensifying and is due to batter Mexico’s east coast with heavy rains and destructive winds.
The huge quake also sparked warnings for three metre (10ft) waves in Guatemala, El Savador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Ecuador.
A one metre (3ft) wave struck Mexico today as the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre confirmed the dangerous waves expected within the next three hours.
At least 26 people are understood to have been killed, including two kids in the state of Tabasco.
One baby on a ventilator died after the children’s hospital lost electricity, cutting off the tot’s oxygen supply.
Another child was killed when a wall collapsed in Tabasco.
At least three deaths were reported in Chiapas state, in San Cristobal de las Casas.
The death toll rose to 15 when 10 more bodies were found in the southern city of Juchitan.
“The death toll is 15 in all… based on the figures from each state,” the head of the disaster management agency, Ricardo de la Cruz, told TV station Milenio.
Officials fear the number of those killed many rise in Juchitan, which appears to have been hit the hardest.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said it was the strongest to hit his country in the last century.
People in Mexico City ran out into the streets in pyjamas and alarms sounded after the quake struck just before midnight.
Footage has emerged showing destroyed buildings and houses swaying, and power being knocked out as aftershocks continued to shake the region.
Mexico’s civil protection agency said it was the strongest earthquake to hit the capital since a devastating 1985 tremor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands.