Death toll mounts to 61 after Mexico's deadliest quake

Death toll mounts to 61 after Mexico's deadliest quake

Mexico is on alert for tsunamis along its Pacific coast the region after a magnitude 8.1 natural disaster hit just off the country's southern coast a little before midnight local time, according to the US Geological Survey.

More specifically, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, and Ecuador could be hit by these tsunami waves caused by the natural disaster.

This quake struck shortly before midnight on Thursday and was felt by tens of millions of people in various cities.

A tsunami has been confirmed in Mexico, with one wave topping off at about three feet, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service. The quake, which was the strongest in a century, was felt 450 miles away in Mexico City, where buildings were damaged. Nieto has warned that aftershocks could be as strong as 7.2, and U.S.G.S. has recorded 20 aftershocks higher than 4.0, Reuters reports.

Jana Pursely, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey, told CNN that the quake was relatively shallow, which resulted in more "intense shaking".

A tsunami alert issued for Mexico's Pacific coast, "does not represent a major risk", he said.

According to Eduardo Mendoza, senior program manager for Direct Relief, the small town of Juchitan in Oaxaca state "was completely leveled". It was the biggest quake the country has experienced in more than 100 years, Mexico's president said.

According to the President, Mexico was faced with the strongest registered in the country over at least the last 100 years quake, noted by the media. "The streetlights started swinging back and forth", said Mayaro Ortega, 31, a resident of the capital's north side who went running from her building.

Chiapas Governor, Manuel Velasco, said two women died on San Cristobal when a house and a wall collapsed. At least one person also died in Guatemala.

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