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Mexico earthquake: At least 32 killed in 8.1 magnitude quake off Southern Mexico

Posted: September 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

A powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday, killing at least 32 people and setting off tsunami warnings along the Pacific coast.

President Enrique Peña Nieto called it the biggest quake in 100 years, even larger than the devastating 1985 temblor in Mexico City that killed thousands. He said 1 million people lost power, but electricity was soon restored for most of them.

Details on damage from remote areas were not immediately clear, raising the possibility that the death toll could rise.

Mexican authorities said at least 32 people were killed in the quake, all in the southern states. In Oaxaca, which lies along the Pacific coast, there have been at least 23 deaths, according to the state governor, Alejandro Murat. Some 17 of the dead were found in the town of Juchitan, where residents put out pleas on social media for help recovering people from the wreckage.

Mexican authorities said at least 32 people were confirmed dead, including many in the state of Oaxaca along the Pacific coast. In some towns, such as Juchitlan in Oaxaca, there were reports of people trapped under rubble.

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An 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico on Sept. 7.(eduardo_amaro_flores/Instagram)

The epicenter of the earthquake was off the coast of Chiapas, a state in southern Mexico, but the rumblings rocked the Mexican capital more than 600 miles away, causing electricity failures and reports of sporadic damage. Many Mexicans were roused from bed by the quake and evacuated their shuddering apartment buildings in pajamas and stocking feet.

The Mexican government ordered schools closed in the capital on Friday so that school infrastructure could be inspected after the quake.

Photos showed collapsed ceilings, flattened concrete buildings and rubble from damage in southern cities such as Tuxtla Gutiérrez and Tonala.

Two children died in neighboring Tabasco state, including an infant who perished when hospital electricity failed and the ventilator shut off, said Gov. Arturo Núñez.

In the southern state of Oaxaca, the entire Anel Hotel collapsed, but authorities said that people inside managed to escape and that there were not believed to be any casualties.

Mexican authorities alerted the coastal states of Oaxaca and Chiapas of the possibility of destructive waves higher than 13 feet. So far, however, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center of the U.S. National Weather Service has reported waves of only about three feet off the coast of Mexico.



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