Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Death toll rises to 33 in Mexico natural disaster

People ran out of their homes when the earthquake struck People ran out of their homes when the earthquake struck
Christy Curtis | 11 September, 2017, 00:59

The quake was registered in local calculations has having a magnitude of 8.2, making it the largest to hit Mexico in 100 years.

The most powerful quake to strike in around 100 years saw with tremors reported from Mexico City to San Salvador to the south.

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto said that at least a million people were left without electricity after the magnitude 8.1 natural disaster. The aftermath of the natural disaster was seen in the form of rubble and a huge rescue operation is underway in Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca, the states that had been affected the worst by the quake.

It was felt in distant Mexico City, causing people to flee swaying buildings and knocking out lights to part of the capital.

The southern town of Juchitan in Oaxaca state, which is near the epicentre, was hit very hard.

The USGS has reported multiple aftershocks, including four with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude. The U.S. Geological Survey puts both at 8.1 while, though the Mexican seismologists calculate them at 8.2. As of Friday morning, reports coming from the country say damage is extensive and 32 people have been killed. It struck off the Pacific coast, 74 miles southwest of Tres Picos, Mexico, which is 600 miles southeast of Mexico City, CNN reported. 61 people until now have been announced dead and President Enrique Peña Nieto suspects at least 200 people have been injured.

Houses toppled, hundreds of buildings either collapsed or were damaged and the power was cut to more than 1.8 million people as a result of the quake.

Mexico City and Puebla were among the cities where sirens went off but no major incidents were reported, Uribe said.

While on the other hand, hurricane Katrina has strengthened as it heads to the east coast of the country and is now 185 miles east of Mexico.

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