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Death toll ‘most powerful earthquake in a century” in Mexico rises to 61

Death toll ‘most powerful earthquake in a century” in Mexico rises to 61

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At least 61 people are to the life by the earthquake, Mexico Thursday evening (local time) struck. It was the most powerful quake in the country in more than eighty years, made the authorities Friday known.

The earthquake took place for the Mexican south-west coast and had a magnitude of 8.1. Thus he was more powerful than the destructive quake in 1985, large parts of Mexico City platlegde and thousands of deaths it caused.

This time kept the city largely spared, because the epicenter is further away and the earthquake occurred at a depth of almost 70 kilometers.

The southern city of Juchitan in the state of Oaxaca was heavily affected. Under other parts of the town hall, a hotel, a bar and other buildings are completely in ruins. According to the governor of the state, Alejandro Murat, came in Oaxaca 45 people killed, of whom seventeen in Juchitan.

“The situation in Juchitan is critical: this is the most terrible moment in the history of the city,” said mayor Gloria Sanchez Friday.

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Mexicans filming earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.1

Tsunami

In the adjacent state of Chiapas, east of Oaxaca, came at least ten people killed, say local authorities, although the governor Friday about twelve dead had. Certainly 250 others were injured. Thousands of residents of low-lying coastal areas were evacuated, when after the earthquake a tsunami warning was issued.

Although the waves approximately 0.7 metres higher than normal, kept the feared tidal wave. In the state of Tabasco, to the north of Chiapas, came three people, including two children.

Heavy earthquake hits Mexico

In the south of Mexico for the coast an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 occurred.
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In the south of Mexico for the coast an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 occurred.
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In the south of Mexico for the coast an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 occurred.
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In the south of Mexico for the coast an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 occurred.
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In the south of Mexico for the coast an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 occurred.
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In the south of Mexico for the coast an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 occurred.
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Neighbours

In the 800 km away, Mexico City, Mexico – with more than twenty million inhabitants is the largest city in the world, caused the earth quake, a lot of panic, but little damage. Friday there were dozens of aftershocks felt.

According to the Mexican president, Enrique Peña Neto was the earthquake, by as much as 50 million of the total roughly 120 million Mexicans felt. Also in Guatemala and El Salvador was the quake felt. Known to fell in those countries, no fatalities.

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