An earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale struck Mexico's southern state of Chiapas on Friday morning.

At least 15 people were killed in the earthquake, which also damaged hospitals and schools.

The quake caused a tsunami of 0.7 meters (2.3 feet), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. Tsunami warnings have been issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Honduras.

ts epicenter was 123 kilometers (76 miles) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 33-35 kilometers (20.5-21.7 miles) below sea level.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said neither Israeli emissaries or their families were harmed.

"We are in touch with the Israeli Embassy, and we will receive any updates necessary," the ministry said.

Eastern Mexico is currently threatened by Hurricane Katia. The area may experience enhanced rainfall, localized flooding, and mudslides.

According to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, "The system will likely end up moving inland over the northern coast of southeastern Mexico sometime late this week or this weekend."

Mexicans evacuate during earthquake
Mexicans evacuate during earthquake (Credit: ZAKA)