At least 58 people dead in Mexico quake

Javier Stokes
September 11, 2017

One of the most powerful earthquakes to ever hit Mexico killed at least 32 people late Thursday night and crippled hundreds of buildings.

Authorities began confirming death counts Friday morning, hours after the 8.1-magnitude quake hit Pijijiapan along Mexico's southern coast, just before midnight Thursday.

September 8, 2017, the southern coast of Mexico was hit by an natural disaster of 8.1 magnitude.

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto said that at least a million people were left without electricity after the magnitude 8.1 natural disaster.

Earthquake, in particular, has affected the States of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco; serious damage was caused to the city of juchitan de Zaragoza in Oaxaca.

"Based on all available date. widespread hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts", the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Mexico has been hit by its strongest quake in more than a century, shaking buildings in the capital and killing at least 26 people in southern states.

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The quake was felt strongly in Mexico City, 965 kilometers (600 miles) from the epicenter.

According to the US Geological Survey, a number of aftershocks have been reported, including six that measured above 5.0 in magnitude.

The government agency warned that waves of up to 10 feet could hit other parts of Mexico. The Associated Press reported that five people were killed, including two children in Tabasco state. The quake has brought severe damage to Mexico as one million people were initially without electricity, but around 800-thousand people have got the power back.

A death has also been reported in Guatemala.

The current Foreign Office travel advice says: "Most of Mexico is occasionally subject to earthquakes".

People said the shock lasted for about dozens of seconds and the windows and beds in some buildings were shaking when the quake occurred.

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