Death toll rises to 27 after Mexico hit by natural disaster

Tammy Harvey
September 11, 2017

A powerful quake of magnitude 8.2-magnitude hit the southern Mexico on Friday morning, killing at least five people, causing a Tsunami and warning for countries across the Central America.

The 8.1-magnitude quake, which reached from Guatemala City to Mexico City, registered on the southern coast of the country.

According to an official, the natural disaster was stronger than the 8.0-magnitude quake of 1985 that killed at least 10,000 people and destroyed a large part of Mexico City. Reportedly this quake did not cause as much damage as the 1985 tremors as it hit less populated areas while the 1985 tremor hit close to Mexico City.

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto said the tremors were felt as far as Mexico City, and said the death toll was likely to rise further.

The worst-hit states include Tabasco, Oaxaca, and Chiapas were residents are feared trapped under the rubble.

The magnitude-8.1- quake was felt as far as away as Mexico City and Guatemala City, Guatemala's capital.

Governor Alejandro Murat told reporters that 17 of those confirmed dead came from the town of Juchitan, located near Mexico's southeastern tip.

Two children were killed in the state of Tabasco.

Witnesses in Mexico City described the ground shaking for a full 45 seconds. As of Friday morning, reports coming from the country say damage is extensive and 32 people have been killed.

Mexico sits atop five tectonic plates, with their movement making it one of the most seismically-active countries in the world. He urged people living near the coast to leave their homes as a protective measure.

Mexico's army, marines and federal police have been deployed to respond to the crisis, but relief efforts will be complicated by Hurricane Katia and heavy rains could also contribute to water-borne illnesses, warned one aid agency.

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