AS IT HAPPENED: Death toll rises to 32 in Mexico earthquake

2017-09-08 08:09

Thirty-two people have been confirmed dead following the strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years.


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A massive magnitude-8.1 earthquake has hit off Mexico's southern coast, toppling houses in Chiapas state, causing at least 32 deaths and setting off a tsunami warning, officials said.

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"Relief workers reported moderate damage to infrastructure in San Marcos and San Pedro."

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At least 15 people were killed in a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake in Mexico, an official said Friday, as 10 more bodies were found in the southern city of Juchitan.

"The death toll is 15 in all... based on the figures from each state," the head of the disaster management agency, Ricardo de la Cruz, told TV station Milenio after the quake, the most powerful to hit Mexico in a century.

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Authorities say residents in Puerto Madero in Chiapas evacuated as precaution due to tsunami alert

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The Latest on the Mexico earthquake:

Authorities in Mexico say that a hotel in Oaxaca has collapsed in the major earthquake that hit the country, but no one has been reported dead.

Civil Defence photos showed the crumbling facade of the Anel hotel in Matias Romero and split in half. President Enrique Pena Nieto said no one was reported dead at the hotel.

Earlier, Oaxaca Gov Alejandro Murat said that some people were able to escape from the hotel and authorities were working to determine if they were any casualties or missing people.

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The Latest on the Mexico earthquake:

Mexico's president says that the magnitude of the earthquake that hit the country is 8.2, the biggest the country has seen in a century.

Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed that at least five people have died in the temblor. He also said that major damage has been caused and that 1 million initially had been without power following the quake, but that electricity had been restored to 800 000 of them.

He said that there have been 62 aftershocks and it's possible one as strong as 7.2 could hit.

The US Geological Survey has reported that the quake had a magnitude of 8.1. It hit off the coast of southern Mexico, toppling houses in Chiapas state, causing buildings to sway violently as far away as the country's distant capital and setting off a tsunami warning.

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The Quake That Shook Mexico Awake Is Recalled

Like any event that sears the soul of a great city, the brutal earthquake that killed as many as 10,000 people and flattened 400 buildings in this sprawling capital 10 years ago gave rise to many legends.

One is the tale of La Pulga, "the Flea," a man small of stature and great in courage who selflessly wriggled through the rubble in search of victims.

Then there was the baby who was delivered alive after his mother was killed in a collapsing building. And the rescue workers who carried pliers with them and pulled out the gold teeth of the dead.

As Mexico City commemorates the 10th anniversary of the devastating quake on Tuesday, those legends are being retold over and over again.

Of all the stories, the one that still has the power to cause controversy is a particularly Mexican legend that says that in the confusing weeks after the quake, when the long-ruling Mexican Government proved itself incapable of governing, the people themselves rose up and took control of their own destinies.

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The Latest on the Mexico earthquake:

Tsunami waves have been measured off Mexico's Pacific coast after a major earthquake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says waves of 1 meter (3.3 feet) above the tide level were measured off Salina Cruz.

Smaller tsunami waves were observed on the coast or measured by ocean gauges in several other places.

The centre's forecast said Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala could see waves of a meter or less.

No threat was posed to Hawaii and the western and South Pacific. 

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The Latest on the Mexico earthquake:

The death toll in the massive earthquake in Mexico has risen to at least five people, including two children in Tabasco state.

Tabasco Gov. Arturo Nunez said that one of the children died when a wall collapsed, and the other was a baby who died in a children's hospital that lost electricity, cutting off the supply to the infant's ventilator.

The other three deaths were in Chiapas state, in San Cristobal de las Casas.An 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of southern Mexico, toppling houses in Chiapas state, causing buildings to sway violently as far away as the country's distant capital and setting off a tsunami warning.

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"LAST MINUTE | VIDEO - The first images of the powerful earthquake of 8.0 magnitude that has shaken Mexico and Central America"

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Translation: "I hope you are all well in Mexico City. For now my family, yes."

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Magnitude 8 earthquake rocks Mexico, tsunami warning issued

A massive earthquake hit off the coast of southern Mexico late on Thursday night, causing buildings to sway violently and people to flee to the streets in panic as far away as the capital city.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 8.0 and its epicentre was 165km west of Tapachula in southern Chiapas state not far from Guatemala.

It had a depth of 35km.The US Tsunami Warning System says widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible on the Pacific coasts of several Central American countries.

It said waves were possible within the next three hours for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Ecuador. There was no tsunami threat for the US West Coast.

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Mexico braces itself for impact of Hurricane Katia

Mexican authorities are preparing for the impact of Hurricane Katia, which could affect over a million people as it rumbles towards the state of Veracruz from the Gulf of Mexico.

Army troops and personnel from the federal electricity authority have been deployed to the area on Mexico's eastern gulf coast to be on hand to help in emergencies.

Meanwhile, several shelters have opened as areas at risk of landslides are evacuated.

"We are expecting the hurricane to hit on Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday," Veracruz governor Miguel Angel Yunes told Radio Formula.

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