Huge 8.1 quake hits Mexico, leaves at least two dozen confirmed dead

Posted 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. The magnitude 8.1 quake is actually the strongest of the year and also the strongest to hit Mexico in 100 years.

View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 natural disaster on September 8, 2017.

"It was a major quake in scale and magnitude, the strongest in the past 100 years", said President Enrique Pena Nieto in an address from the National Center for Disaster Prevention headquarters, where he was supervising the emergency response.

Waves over 3 m are said to be expected for parts of the Mexican coast, while waves between 0.3 and 1 m could hit the Cook Islands, Ecuador, Fiji, rench Polynesia, Guatemala and Kiribati.

"It was a major quake in scale and magnitude, the strongest in the past 100 years", President Peña Nieto said in an address from the National Disaster Prevention Centre's headquarters, where he was supervising the emergency response.

The quake struck just before 10 pm Pacific time and was centered about 60 miles southwest of Pijijiapan in the state of Chiapas.

Josue Tolentino Gomez 11 stands beside his family’s home where he was trapped under the rubble for an hour before being rescued when part of the structure collapsed during Thursday’s magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Juchitan Oaxaca state Mexico Sund

Tremors shook bordering Guatemala and the state of Chiapas, Mexico, up through the country, and could be felt in the United States as north as Dallas, according to felt reports submitted to the United States Geological Survey.

The USGS reported multiple aftershocks, including at least six measuring above a 5.0 in magnitude.

"We confirm approximately 20 deaths", Oaxaca state governor Alejandro Murat said, as quoted by W Radio. Below you will find a video clip of some of the damage that took place from the 8.1 magnitude quake. Widespread, hazardous tsunami waves were possible, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

Guatemalan President confirmed the death of one person in the country.

Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco said that three people were killed in San Cristobal, including two women who died in San Cristobal when a house and a wall collapsed.

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