Mexico in mourning after quake deaths

11 September 2017, 12:17 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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The toll in the massive quake that struck off the southern coast of Mexico on Thursday night has risen to 90, BBC reported.

In neighboring Tabasco state, two children were killed, the governor said.

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.

A worker hired by the owner of a candy factory warehouse demolishes the remaining parts of the building in central Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, after a magnitude 8.1 quake struck very late Thursday.

Mexico was hit by the most powerful quake in a century Thursday night, leaving more than 60 people dead and hundreds of people injured. More than 1,000 homes were destroyed in Chiapas and another 5,000 were damaged.

Nieto made the declaration after visiting the town of Juchitán late Friday, where the quake hit hardest.

The preliminary report from the authorities indicates that the strong quake has killed at least 32 people - 23 in the state of Oaxaca, seven in Chiapas and two in Tabasco.

At least 15 people died in neighbouring Chiapas, and its governor Manuel Velasco said some 41,000 houses were damaged, estimating almost 1.5 million people were affected.

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On Saturday, people in Juchitan queued up for food at a shop window as families carried flowers and wreaths, and eventually coffins.

Waves rose as high as 0.7 metres in Mexico, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said, though that threat passed.

Israel will send aid to earthquake-hit Mexico in the coming days, coinciding with a previously planned visit to the North American country by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

The epicenter was in a seismic hotspot in the Pacific where one tectonic plate dives under another.

In the end, the quake caused rough seas but no tsunami, officials said.

At least 90 people died when the 8.1-magnitude quake struck about 50 miles off the Pacific coast shortly before midnight on Thursday.

In neighbouring Guatemala, President Jimmy Morales spoke on national television to call for calm while emergency crews checked for damage.



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