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Deadly 8.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Mexico

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption This is what the southern region of Mexico woke up to after an 8.1 magnitude quake Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption This is what the southern region of Mexico woke up to after an 8.1 magnitude quake
Howard Terry | 11 September, 2017, 00:32

The tremors were so severe that people in Mexico City, over 500 miles away, fled shaking buildings in their pajamas. Several aftershocks of between 4 and 6 magnitude have hit the region since. The U.S. Geological Survey measured it at 8.1 magnitude.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the quake was the biggest his country had seen in a century.

The death toll in the quake which struck off southern Mexico overnight on Thursday has risen to six.

In Mexico City, people ran out of buildings after hearing quake warning sirens go off just before midnight (0500 GMT Friday).

The states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas were the worst hit, and a rescue operation is under way to pull out people feared trapped under debris, BBC reported.

Hundreds of buildings collapsed or were damaged, power was cut to more than 1.8 million people and authorities closed schools in at least 11 states for safety checks.

At least 61 aftershocks have been reported so far.

Pena Nieto said that his country had just experienced the largest natural disaster in 100 years.

About 50 million people felt the quake with epicenter in the Pacific Ocean.

Tsunami waves taller than 10 feet could reach the coast of Mexico, with smaller waves reaching Ecuador, Vanuatu and New Zealand.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says tsunami waves up to three metres above regular tide levels are possible along the Mexican Pacific coast. "At first I laughed, but when the lights went out, I didn't know what to do", said Luis Carlos Briceno, an architect, who was visiting Mexico City. "I almost fell over", said Luis Carlos Briceno, an architect, 31, who was visiting Mexico City. One of the children was killed after a wall collapsed and the other was a baby that died in a hospital that lost electricity, Tabasco Gov. Arturo Nunez told the AP.

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