Powerful quake strikes off of Mexican coast

11 September, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Gladys Mathis
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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.

In the late hours of Thursday night, a magnitude 8.1 natural disaster hit the southern coast of Mexico.

One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to hit Mexico shook the southern part of the country Thursday night.

The states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas were the worst hit, and a rescue operation is under way to pull out people feared trapped under debris, BBC reported. Because of the location of the quake, tsunami waves also crashed onto the Southern Mexican coast.

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.

The interior ministry said the quake had a magnitude of 8.4, while the US Geological Survey put it at a revised 8.1, up from 8.0 initially.

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Waves as high as 9.8 feet above tide level were possible along some of Mexico's coast.

Governor Alejandro Murat told reporters that 17 of those confirmed dead came from the town of Juchitan, located near Mexico's southeastern tip. Mexico City is more than 800 kilometres from the capital of Chiapas.

Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco told television station Televisa the roofs of homes and a shopping center had collapsed in San Cristobal, the New York Post reported.

"According to the preliminary data, five people have died [as the result of the earthquake], material damages have been sustained", the President said at the press conference. Pemex said there were no reports of damage to its Salina Cruz refinery in Oaxaca, the largest in Mexico.

While on the other hand, hurricane Katrina has strengthened as it heads to the east coast of the country and is now 185 miles east of Mexico.

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