Mexico Mourns Victims Of Deadly Earthquake, Braces For Reconstruction

Posted September 11, 2017

A total of 61 people have been reported as the new death toll figure after an 8.2 quake hit Mexico's Pacific Thursday night.

"It's 71 (dead). Just for Oaxaca", said Jesus Gonzalez, a spokesperson for the state civil protection authority.

Federal Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development Secretary Rosario Robles said in an interview with Milenio Television that on Saturday she had accompanied the Oaxaca Governor on a tour of several municipalities in the state.

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Friday that the natural disaster killed 45 people in Oaxaca state, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco.

The worst hit was the Zapotec indigenous city of Juchitán in Oaxaca. But they warned that those figures remain preliminary.

Rescue efforts following the quake, which struck the nation's Pacific Coast late on Thursday, were focussing on the worst-hit states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas.

The powerful quake was felt as far away as the capital, Mexico City, sending residents out in the streets for fear of aftershocks.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported waves of 3.3 feet (1 meter) above the tide level off Salina Cruz, Mexico.

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A monster 8.2 magnitude quake brought an unusual phenomenon that lit up the sky as it hit Mexico's coast, killing at least 60 people.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said tsunami waves had been detected but on Friday night USA time they confirmed that the "threat had now passed".

A study by the seismological service concluded that that quake killed about 400 people and caused severe damage around the port of Manzanillo.

Almost 2,900 people have been evacuated from their homes in Veracruz, and 1,500 more relocated to storm shelters in the neighboring Puebla state, AP reports.

At least 61 people have died after what's been measured as the most powerful quake to hit Mexico in a century.

The other three deaths were in Chiapas state, in San Cristobal de las Casas. He also said that the quake damaged hospitals and schools. It had a depth of 35 kilometers.

Most of the deaths in Oaxaca were in Juchitan, where some residents continued to sleep outside, fearful of more collapses as strong aftershocks continued to rattle the town, including a magnitude 5.2 jolt early on Sunday.