Mexico was hit by tropical storm Katia less than 24 hours after the most powerful earthquake that hit the country in the last 100 years – a devastating 8.1 magnitude earthquake – killed at least 61 people.
Among a tsunami, loud booms and mysterious flash, the tropical storm and the dangerous earthquake produced huge and deep cracks in the ground, splitting up Jáltipan, Veracruz in half.
Tropical storm Katia made landfall on Saturday as Mexico struggles to recover from earthquake.
The massive 8.1 earthquake struck 60 miles off the southern coast of Mexico near the town of Pijijiapan.
The earthquake was felt across Mexico and as far as Austin, Texas more than 1,300 miles from the epicentre.
Death toll rises to 61 while the US National Hurricane Center said the storm hit Tecolutla in Mexico – Oaxaca (45), Chiapas (12) and Tabasco (4). 200 people have been injured.
Mexico’s president said it was the biggest quake in the country in a century with a million left without power. This is the strongest quake to hit the capital since a 1985 tremor flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands.
Authorities initially declared tsunami alert stretching all the way south to Ecuador with the largest waves recorded in Mexico measuring 175 cm in Chiapas, 101 cm in Salina Cruz, and 72 cm in Acapulco.
Double trouble in Mexico: Mexico is hit by tropical storm Katia, less than 24 hours after devastating 8.1 magnitude earthquake which killed at least 61 people. Make a prayer for them!