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Mexico Earthquake: Magnitude 8 Earthquake Hits Southern Mexico, Tsunami Warning Issued

11 September 2017

Authorities began confirming death counts Friday morning, hours after the 8.1-magnitude quake hit Pijijiapan along Mexico's southern coast, just before midnight Thursday.

Mexico suffered its most powerful quake in almost a century late Thursday, which left at least 32 people dead and sent violent tremors throughout the region.

"Tsunami waves reaching more than 3 meters above the tide level are possible along some coasts of Mexico", the alert from NOAA/NWS said.

National Civil Protection Coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente, confirmed on Twitter that 45 people died in Oaxaca state, 10 in Chiapas and three in Tabasco state.

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"Based on all available date. widespread hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts", the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. President Enrique Peña Nieto flew to the region this afternoon to assess the damage and met with officials. Since Mexico City was struck by a devastating quake in 1985, the city has imposed building standards and natural disaster response systems that sounded moments after the earth began to shake. Shaking was reported as far away as the capital Mexico City.

The USGS reported several aftershocks, all greater than a 5 magnitude, the Reuters news agency says.

At least five people have been killed, including two children, in the Mexican state of Tabasco, KCTV5 News reported.

According to a report by the BBC, close to six people were killed and one person died in Guatemala. Mexico City is more than 800 kilometres from the capital of Chiapas.

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Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco told Foro TV that there have been reports of damage, including hospitals that have lost power and buildings with collapsed roofs, CNN reported.

An estimated 50 million people across the country felt the quake.

The quake struck as Hurricane Katia continues to churn in the warm waters of Gulf of Mexico.

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Mexico Earthquake: Magnitude 8 Earthquake Hits Southern Mexico, Tsunami Warning Issued