February 21, 2018

Mexican Quake Death Toll Rises to 60

10 September 2017, 02:27 | Cassandra Thompson

Mexico earthquake: Tsunami warnings triggered, 5 killed

An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 struck southern Mexico late Thursday and was felt as far away as Mexico City the US Geological Survey said issuing a tsunami warning

At least five people were killed as a magnitude-8.1 quake rocked southern Mexico late Thursday night, causing people to flee into the street, buildings to sway, and lights to go out in Mexico City.

Officials in Mexico are scrambling to respond to a 8.1 magnitude natural disaster off the country's southern coast that has killed at least 61 people and triggered tremors across the region, according to The Independent.

According to BuzzFeed News, residents in Mexico City, more than 650 miles away from the earthquake's epicenter, fled their buildings, barefoot and in robes.

Five people were killed in an 8.2-magnitude quake off Mexican coast, the largest the country has experienced in the last 100 years, the country's President Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed on Friday.

"The country's seismologic service initially gave a magnitude of 8.4, which if confirmed would be the most powerful ever recorded in this quake-prone country", the Telegraph quoted Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, as saying.

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According to the New York Times, the quake killed at least 32 people and leveled some areas close to the earthquake's epicenter, particularly in Chiapas and Oaxaca.

In a tweet by President Enrique Peña Nieto, the premier offered timely condolences to all the families who have lost their lives in the quake thus far. At least four people were reported killed in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, government officials said, according to reports.

Tabasco Gov. Arturo Nunez said that one of the children died when a wall collapsed, and the other was a baby who died in a children's hospital that lost electricity, cutting off the supply to the infant's ventilator.

People in distant Mexico City, the capital, ran out into the streets after the tremor. The U.S. Geological Survey measured it at 8.1 magnitude. "I almost fell over", said Luis Carlos Briceno, an architect, 31, who was visiting Mexico City.

The two fatalities came in the southern state of Chiapas, interior minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told AFP. Throughout Friday, there were several after shocks hitting the region.

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