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Massive quake strikes off Mexican coast, damaging buildings

Street in eastern Mexico City after 8.1 earthquake |Getty Images Mexico earthquake: Tsunami warnings triggered, 5 killed
Mae Harvey | 11 September, 2017, 00:41

According to an official, the natural disaster was stronger than the 8.0-magnitude quake of 1985 that killed at least 10,000 people and destroyed a large part of Mexico City.

Tsunami waves of 3.3 feet were observed at the southern Mexican city of Salina Cruz, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Earthquake, in particular, has affected the States of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco; serious damage was caused to the city of juchitan de Zaragoza in Oaxaca.

Another 200 people were injured, President Enrique Peña Nieto said, as he declared a national day of mourning, BBC reported.

The quake was felt in the capital, Mexico City, where tremors were reported to have lasted up to a minute. Tremors were felt as far as Mexico City in the North and Guatemala City and San Salvador in the South-East region.

The USGS reported multiple aftershocks, including at least six measuring above a 5.0 in magnitude. Residents of the Mexican capital fled into the streets, many in their pajamas, for fear buildings would collapse.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre warned about possible tsunami.

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Oaxaca state governor Alejandro Murat told broadcaster Televisa on Friday that 17 more people have been confirmed dead in his state, on top of the five deaths already announced in Oaxaca, one of Mexico's poorest states.

Luis Felipe Puente told the Televisa network that 10 had died in Oaxaca state, three in Chiapas and two in Tabasco.

Lucy Jones, a seismologist in California who works with the U.S. Geological Survey, said such as quake was to be expected.

An estimated 50 million people across the country felt the natural disaster.

According to a report by the BBC, close to six people were killed and one person died in Guatemala.

Hurricane nearby: As the quake struck, rains for the approaching Hurricane Katia were pouring down on the eastern side of the country, according to CNN.

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