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Massive Earthquake Strikes Chiapas Coast, Bringing Deaths and Tsunami Warnings

Joshua Partlow - The Washington Post
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September 8, 2017



Dozens of people have been killed in one of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico. It hit off the southern Pacific coast of Chiapas state, but the impact of the 8.1 magnitude quake was felt as far as Mexico City, where buildings violently swayed. (Al Jazeera English)

Update: 50 Million Affected in Mexico Earthquake: Pena Nieto Declares Three Days of National Mourning (ANI)

A powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday night, killing at least 16 people and setting off tsunami warnings along the Pacific coast.

President Enrique Peña Nieto called it the biggest quake in 100 years, even larger than the devastating 1985 tremor in Mexico City that killed thousands. He said 1 million people lost power, but electricity was soon restored for most of them.

Details on damage from remote areas were not immediately clear, raising the possibility that the death toll could rise.



Mexican authorities said at least 16 people were confirmed dead, including 10 in the state of Oaxaca along the Pacific coast. In some towns, such as Juchitlan in Oaxaca, there were reports of people trapped in rubble.

The epicenter of the earthquake was off the coast of Chiapas, a state in southern Mexico, but the rumblings rocked the Mexican capital more than 600 miles away, causing electricity failures, and reports of sporadic damage. Many Mexicans were roused from bed by the quake and evacuated their shuddering apartment buildings in pajamas and stocking feet.

... Mexican authorities alerted the coastal states of Oaxaca and Chiapas of the possibility of destructive waves of higher than 13 feet. So far, though the Pacific Tsunami warning center had only reported waves of about three feet off the coast of Mexico.

Read the rest at The Washington Post

Related: ‘There Are No Coffins Left’: Residents Describe Horror of Mexico Earthquake as Tsunami Threatens (The New Daily)

Related: Race to Rescue Survivors from Ruins of Mexico Quake (Agence France-Presse)

Related: In Photos: The Most Powerful Earthquake to Strike Mexico Since 1985 (Global News)

Related: Mexican Peso Slips Against Dollar in Wake of Earthquake (MarketWatch)

Related: Will Trump Send Aid to Mexico After Deadly Earthquake? He Hasn't Even Tweeted About It Yet (Newsweek)

Related: Mexico Earthquake Triggers Mysterious Bright Lights to Flash Across the Country (Independent)

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