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Strongest earthquake of magnitude 8.2 strikes off Pacific coast of Mexico

(Last Updated On: September 8, 2017)

By Tinuade Salami
Mexicans have again experienced an earthquake which is described as the
strongest ever struck the pacific coast of the country killing at least six people
This is described by Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto as the country’s
strongest in a century off the southern coast.
One person also died in neighbouring Guatemala, its president has said.
The quake, which Mexico’s leader Enrique Peña Nieto said measured 8.2, struck in
the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan.
A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, with three-metre- high waves possible,
and other nearby countries.
The quake, which struck at 23:50 local time on Thursday (04:50 GMT Friday), was
felt in Mexico City, with buildings swaying and people running into the street. The
tremors there, about 1,000km from the epicentre, were reported to have lasted up to
a minute.
President Peña Nieto said some 50 million Mexicans would have felt the tremor and
that the death toll might rise.
Four deaths were reported in Mexico’s Chiapas state, near the epicentre.
Two children were killed in Tabasco state, one a baby who died when power was cut
to a respirator.
Severe damage was reported in southern Mexico and in western Guatemala.
Social media images showed collapsed buildings in the Mexican state of Oaxaca,
including in the city of the same name and in Juchitan, where the municipal palace
and a number of other structures were levelled.
Local reports speak of a hospital in Juchitan also collapsing and say there are a
number of deaths in the city.
More than a dozen aftershocks ranging from 4.3 to 5.7 in magnitude have been
recorded closer to the Mexican coast.
Mr Peña Nieto warned there might be more.
He also said the Salina Cruz refinery on the southern coast had temporarily
suspended operations.
Schools have been closed in 11 Mexican states.