Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Mexico quake toll rises to 90

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Howard Terry | 11 September, 2017, 00:24

The death toll from the recent magnitude-8.2 quake that rocked southern Mexico rose on Sunday morning from 65 to 90 after the Governor of Oaxaca said there had been 71 fatalities in his state alone. But the actual death toll could be over 80, according to figures reported by state officials. But they warned that those figures remain preliminary.

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

The quake, one of the biggest in Mexico's history, was felt hundreds of miles away, in Mexico City, where people fled violently swaying buildings.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves of 3.3 feet (1 metre) above the tide level were measured off Salina Cruz, Mexico.

Mexico sits atop five tectonic plates, making it prone to earthquakes, and has two long coastlines that are frequently battered by hurricanes. That's where 37 of the 65 people killed by the quake lived.

The quake is the most powerful anywhere in the world since September 2015, but its depth - 70km according to the US Geological Service - means that the shaking felt at the surface was less strong than it would have been for an equally powerful but shallower tremor.

A state senator from Chiapas told The Daily Beast, "We could be looking at more than 10,000 people facing crisis".

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Officials later said only four people had been injured and several dozen homes damaged. At least 61 people were reported dead.

In the capital, people ran out of buildings, many in their pajamas, after hearing warning sirens go off just before midnight (0500 GMT Friday).

Rescuers pulled bodies from the rubble and grieving families carried coffins through the streets Saturday after Mexico's biggest natural disaster in a century killed 65 people, while elsewhere two died in mudslides unleashed by storm Katia. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the magnitude at 8.1, but other institutions rated it between 8.2 and 8.4.

Ignacio Chavez said his son died in the quake.

The other three deaths were in Chiapas state, in San Cristobal de las Casas.

The epicentre of Thursday's quake was in the Pacific Ocean, about 100km off the town of Tonala in Chiapas.

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