Minutes after a strong earthquake hit Mexico, a deluge of messages flooded Twitter and other social networking sites. Locals, as well as visitors, posted messages expressing alarm, giving updates, or sending prayers to people in Mexico.

Social media sites presented photographs of the tremors in various parts of Mexico. Snaps showing major damage to buildings and infrastructure, and people huddled in street corners were shown.

Several netizens noted how Mother Nature has been repeatedly unleashing her fury. Natural disasters, including strong hurricanes and seismic disturbances, have lately struck different parts of the world, eliciting various reactions ranging from fear and anxiety to alarm.

South Korean actor Lee Joon was in Mexico for a fan meeting when the quake struck. He recounted evacuating to a safe spot and shared how people helped each other during the scary moment. He then asked his followers to pray for everyone in Mexico.

Tsunami occurrence

The quake, which registered an initial magnitude of 8.1, rocked Chiapas State. The epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean. The tremor was strongly felt in Mexico City in the northwest (600 miles) and Guatemala City to the east of the epicenter. The quake also triggered a tsunami, as the National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tweeted, with one wave coming in at three feet

The earthquake was reported to have reached a magnitude 8.4.

Mexico’s seismological authorities also confirmed a series of magnitude 6 aftershocks.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto noted that the earthquake -- the strongest that Mexico had experienced in 100 years – took numerous lives and damaged several properties. The earthquake struck just before midnight when people were sleeping.

The recent earthquake was stronger than the one Mexicans encountered in 1985.

Huge damage

Rescue crews sifted through the many collapsed and flattened buildings in search for survivors, while emergency vehicles cruised the gloomy, deserted streets. Mexican officials assessed the extent of damage and the enormous resources that will be required for reconstruction.

As Manuel Alonso, spokesperson for President de la Madrid, noted, things will fall into place. Most of Mexico's problems will be solved, but reconstruction will require funding. To date, authorities have noted the overwhelming public response to the disaster.