Quake in Mex­ico leaves 32 dead

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MEX­ICO CITY: At least 32 peo­ple were killed af­ter a mas­sive 8.1 mag­ni­tude earth­quake, one of the big­gest recorded in Mex­ico, struck off the coun­try’s south­ern coast late on Thurs­day, caus­ing cracks in build­ings and trig­ger­ing a small tsunami, au­thor­i­ties have said.

The quake was ap­par­ently stronger than a dev­as­tat­ing 1985 tem­blor that flat­tened swathes of Mex­ico City and killed thou­sands, but this time dam­age to the city was lim­ited.

A num­ber of build­ings suf­fered se­vere dam­age in parts of south­ern Mex­ico. Some of the worst ini­tial re­ports came from the town of Ju­chi­tan in Oax­aca state, where sec­tions of the town hall, a ho­tel, a bar and other build­ings were re­duced to rub­ble.

Ale­jan­dro Mu­rat, the state gov­er­nor, said 23 deaths had been reg­is­tered in Oax­aca, 17 of them in Ju­chi­tan.

An emer­gency ser­vices spokesman said seven peo­ple had also been con­firmed dead in the neigh­bour­ing state of Chi­a­pas.

The gov­er­nor of Tabasco, Ar­turo Nunez, said two chil­dren had died in his state.

The US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said the 8.1 mag­ni­tude quake had its epi­cen­tre in the Pa­cific Ocean, 87km south-west of the town of Pi­ji­ji­a­pan in Chi­a­pas, at a depth of 69km.

Win­dows were shat­tered at Mex­ico City air­port and power went out in sev­eral sub­urbs, af­fect­ing more than one mil­lion peo­ple. – Reuters

PICTURE: EPA

A view of the dam­age af­ter the 8.1 mag­ni­tude earth­quake in Mex­ico City.

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