At least 58 people dead in Mexico natural disaster

Sep 11, 2017, 00:31
At least 58 people dead in Mexico natural disaster

September 8, 2017-Late Thursday night, a massive magnitude 8.1 earthquake-the strongest to shake the country in 100 years-struck Mexico off the country's southern coast.

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.

Besides Mexico, EL Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama were on alert for the tidal waves.

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

At least 61 people have died in Mexico after the country was struck by its most powerful natural disaster in a century.

"We are assessing the damage, which will probably take hours, if not days", said Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, in an address to the nation about two hours after the natural disaster.

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Luis Felipe Puente, the country's national coordinator for emergency management, told CNN that 10 people died in Oaxaca state, four in Chiapas state and two in Tabasco state. According to USGS, the quake was followed by several aftershocks, the magnitude of which varied from 4.5 to 5.7.

U.S. Geological Survey chart of the epicenter.

Its epicentre was 102 miles west of Tapachula in southern Chiapas.

The news wire reported that at least 23 people were killed in Oaxaca, citing state Gov. Alejandro Murat. It is bigger than the quake that struck Mexico in 1985, centered near the capital and resulting in around 10,000 deaths. Buildings were immediately shaken by this quake. Currently, 15 people have been killed reports say. Earlier, the governor of Tabasco, Arturo Nunez, said two children had died in his state.

The quake triggered a 1-meter-high tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, but there were no immediate reports of tsunami damage.

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