Death toll in Mexico natural disaster rises to 90

Aaron Brown
September 11, 2017

Meanwhile, Katia made landfall in the neighbouring state of Veracruz as a Category One hurricane.

The 'message of sympathy" was sent out by President Abdulla Yameen, where he had also said that he was deeply "grieved' to learn about the devastation caused by the 8.1 magnitude quake.

Katia could bring life-threatening flash floods to areas in the mountains just to the west.

The quake directly affected the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. One was crushed by a collapsing wall.

At least 32 are known to have died across the region as a whole.

"It's a big quake".

Seismologist Susan Hough of the U.S. Geological Survey says, "It's unusual, but it's not unheard of".

The death toll from Mexico's huge natural disaster has risen to 32.

Windows were shattered at Mexico City airport and power went out in several neighbourhoods of the capital, affecting more than 1 million people.

Any aftershocks?: Yes. According to the Los Angeles Times, there were at least 20 aftershocks of 4.0 magnitude or higher after the initial quake.

He said most of the damage appeared to have been in the isthmus region, particularly Juchitán.

Both the Mexican and US services say Friday night's quake matches the magnitude of the 1932 temblor.

"It nearly knocked me over", Gildardo Arenas Rios, a 64-year-old security guard in Mexico City's Juarez neighbourhood, said.

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The quake struck at 11:49 p.m. Thursday.

The quake also triggered a tsunami warning and the evacuation of thousands of people in coastal communities in Chiapas. At least 90 deaths have been affirmed so far and the fatalities are expected to continue to increase.

Of this, 71 deaths were reported in the south-west state of Oaxaca.

Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto announced on Twitter there will be three days of national mourning for those who have died.

It was initially measured at 8.1 on the Richter scale but the magnitude was later set at 8.4.

What's the damage?: Business buildings and homes shook violently because of the quake, according to the Associated Press.

Relief measures have started in various towns of Mexico.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is a possibility of widespread and risky waves on the coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Ecuador.

Earlier, tsunami waves reaching 0.7 metres above the tide level were recorded by automated sea level gauges near the resort of Huatulco in Oaxaca state.

No threat was posed to Hawaii and the western and South Pacific.

A massive quake off southern Mexico on Thursday night that killed at least 90 people damaged tens of thousands of homes and afflicted upwards of two million people in the poorer south, state officials said, as more details of the disaster emerged. Officials said four people were killed in Chiapas, near the epicenter.

Gov. Manuel Velasco told Milenio TV that the deaths occurred in San Cristobal de las Casas. "Homes, schools and hospitals have been damaged".

Relief efforts in the south continued through Saturday, with numerous people worst affected still wary of returning indoors to weakened buildings, fearing they could be brought down by aftershocks.

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