Deadly 8.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Mexico

Emilio Banks
September 10, 2017

The fear as sunrise approached was what would be found in the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. This caused small tsunami waves to form as well and it shattered some buildings.

Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco said the 8.1 magnitude quake was the strongest on record in state history, topping a magnitude 7.9 quake in 1902.

The worst destruction appeared to be in Juchitan, Oaxaca, where 17 people were pulled from the rubble.

At least 32 people have been killed after a magnitude-8.2 quake struck Mexico, causing a tsunami and warnings for countries across Central America.

Nieto has declared a day of mourning, saying flags would fly at half mast out of respect for the dead and bereaved. With information about the impact on remote rural communities still coming in, the Associated Press reported the death toll was at least 35.

It was not immediately clear whether the deaths reported by Murat in Oaxaca included those reported by the civil protection department.

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There were no immediate reports of major damage. The town is said to be the poorest and least developed part of the nation.

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

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, which occurred near the border between Mexico and Guatemala, was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City.

While the Mexican authorities have already begun rescue and aid efforts, the destruction caused by the quake has left scores of buildings razed to the ground. The region felt a number of strong aftershocks all through Friday.

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Authorities in Mexico say that a hotel in Oaxaca has collapsed in the major natural disaster that hit the country, but no one has been reported dead.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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