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At least a dozen deaths in Mexico's most powerful quake in years

Mexico earthquake: Tsunami warnings triggered, 5 killed Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises to 32
Melody Ballard | 10 September, 2017, 14:31

The quake struck just minutes before midnight on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, according to multiple news sources.

A magnitude 8.1 quake struck off the southern coast of Mexico early Friday - raising fears of a tsunami and causing at least two dozen deaths, according to reports.

The other three deaths were in Chiapas state, in San Cristobal de las Casas, according to the news agency.

Four people were reported killed in Chiapas, while two children died in Tabasco state.

TRT World's Tetiana Anderson reports.

Its epicentre was 102 miles west of Tapachula in southern Chiapas. It had a depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles). It is bigger than the quake that struck Mexico in 1985, centered near the capital and resulting in around 10,000 deaths.

Following a Thursday night natural disaster that was Mexico's most powerful in decades, the LDS Church has acknowledged all of its missionaries are safe and accounted for, including those of the two missions in the hardest-hit area.

Mexico earthquake: Tsunami warnings triggered, 5 killed

The worst destruction appeared to be in Juchitan, Oaxaca, where 17 people were pulled from the rubble. Chiapa's governor recently confirmed that 12 people had lost their lives there.

Authorities say the death toll likely will continue to rise as more information becomes available. Ome was crushed by a collapsing wall.

Throughout Friday, the region was shaken with scores of aftershocks.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a tsunami had been triggered by the quake, with warnings issued for people in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Ecuador.

The risk of other places such as Hawaii, Guam and other Pacific islands is still being evaluated.

Mr Pena Nieto said a million people had initially been left without power, but 800,000 had now had it restored.

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