Mexican quake biggest in century

2017-09-08 17:25
View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake in what the president called the quake-prone country's biggest one in a century. (Alfredo Estrella,  AFP)

View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake in what the president called the quake-prone country's biggest one in a century. (Alfredo Estrella, AFP)

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Mexico City - The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck Mexico has risen to 32, the governor of the southern state of Oaxaca said on Friday.

Alejandro Murat told local television that 17 of the deaths were recorded in the southeastern town of Juchitan.

In Juchitan "there are collapsed houses with people inside," Luis Felipe, the federal civil protection coordinator, told Televisa TV.

The neighbouring state of Chiapas reported seven people dead.

Authorities have warned that the death toll could rise in the southern area of Tabasco, where two children were killed.

The quake hit offshore in the Pacific at 23:49  (04:49 GMT) about 100 km from the coastal town of Tonala in far southern Chiapas state, Mexico's seismologic service said.

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