DEATH TOLL AT 90 AF­TER HUGE MEX­I­CAN QUAKE

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5A mas­sive earth­quake off south­ern Mex­ico on Thurs­day night that killed at least 90 peo­ple dam­aged tens of thou­sands of homes and af­flicted up­wards of two mil­lion peo­ple in the poorer south, state of­fi­cials said, as more de­tails of the dis­as­ter emerged. The 8.1 mag­ni­tude quake off the coast of Chi­a­pas state was stronger than a 1985 tem­blor that flat­tened swathes of Mex­ico City and killed thou­sands. How­ever, its greater depth and dis­tance helped save the cap­i­tal from more se­ri­ous dam­age. Late on Satur­day, au­thor­i­ties in the south­ern state of Oax­aca said there were 71 con­firmed fa­tal­i­ties there, many of them in the town of Ju­chi­tan, where the rush to bury vic­tims crowded a lo­cal ceme­tery on Satur­day. Tele­vi­sion footage from parts of Oax­aca showed small homes and build­ings com­pletely lev­eled by the quake.

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