32 killed as quake hits Mexico

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2017 10:10:20


MEXICO CITY,

Sept 8,

(AP),

ONE of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico has hit off its southern Pacific coast, killing at least 32 people, toppling houses, Government offices and businesses while sending panicked people into the streets more than 1,000 kilometers away.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake hit off Chiapas State near the Guatemalan border with a magnitude of 8.1, slightly stronger than the magnitude 8 quake of 1985 that killed thousands and devastated large parts of Mexico City.

Oaxaca state Gov Alejandro Murat told local news media that at least 23 people had died in his coastal state. Civil defence officials said at least seven died in Chiapas and two others in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

Hundreds of buildings collapsed or were damaged, power was cut at least briefly to more than 1.8 million people and authorities closed schools Friday in at least 11 states to check them for safety. “The house moved like chewing gum,” said resident. At least 20 aftershocks were reported within 5 hours.