Mexico natural disaster cripples buildings, leaves Juchitán's 'Palacio Municipal' in rubble

Nick Sanchez
September 10, 2017

The death toll from a powerful quake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale that struck off Mexico's southern coast late Thursday has risen to 32, an official said Friday.

The powerful 8.2 magnitude quake struck off Mexico's far southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday, about 100 kilometers from the town of Tonala.

Tsunami waves of 2 to 3 feet were observed early Friday morning at Acapulco, Huatulco, and Salina Cruz, Mexico, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

It was the strongest natural disaster to hit Mexico since a devastating 1985 temblor that toppled buildings and killed thousands, Reuters reported, quoting Mexico's civil protection agency.

The president of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto says the quake is the strongest the country has seen in a century.

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto said the tremors were felt as far as Mexico City, and said the death toll was likely to rise further.

The areas hardest hit by the quake are the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to approximately 9 million people who were already facing vulnerable conditions before the tremor. At least four people were reported killed in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, government officials said, according to reports.

Power cuts were also reported, which lead to the death of an infant, who died after the respirator stopped working.

Twenty-three of the confirmed fatalities were in the state of Oaxaca, according to its governor.

Mexico City and Puebla were among the cities where sirens went off but no major incidents were reported, Uribe said. The US Geological Survey has recorded at least 20 aftershocks since Thursday's quake.

Oaxaca state Gov. Alejandro Murat told local news media Friday that at least 23 people in his state died.

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