Death toll mounts to 61 after Mexico's deadliest natural disaster

Posted September 11, 2017

At least 27 people have been killed after an quake hit Mexico's south-western coast overnight.

Mexico is on alert for tsunamis along its Pacific coast the region after a magnitude 8.1 natural disaster hit just off the country's southern coast a little before midnight local time, according to the US Geological Survey.

As a result of the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned of tsunami waves more than 10 feet high hitting some coasts of Mexico.

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An quake of 8.1 magnitude caused extensive damage in southern Mexico Thursday evening. Reportedly this quake did not cause as much damage as the 1985 tremors as it hit less populated areas while the 1985 tremor hit close to Mexico City. President Enrique Peña Nieto said at least 200 people have been injured.

The tremors were so severe that people in Mexico City, over 500 miles away, fled shaking buildings in their pajamas.

The worst-hit city is Juchitan, in the southern state of Oaxaca, where at least 36 bodies were pulled from ruins, and a large number of buildings collapsed, including the city's town hall. I rushed out to the street in panic to find over one hundred people out there, many of whom were wearing pajamas.

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Japan's weather agency has said quake-induced tsunamis may cause slight sea-level changes on Japan's Pacific coast early Saturday, with no damaging waves expected. While Pena Nieto said there were two other fatalities in Tabasco state. "There is damage to hospitals that have lost energy", Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco said, according to the AP. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the magnitude at 8.1, but other institutions rated it between 8.2 and 8.4.

An estimated 50 million people across the country felt the natural disaster.

Mexico sits atop five tectonic plates, with their movement making it one of the most seismically-active countries in the world.

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And the country faces the prospect of Hurricane Katia hitting in a few days.