32 killed in Mexico quake; toll could rise

- AFP, MEXICO CITY

Sep 9, 2017-

Mexico was severely jolted overnight by its most powerful earthquake in a century, which killed at least 32 people as it struck the Pacific coast, officials said on Friday. President Enrique Pena Nieto described the 8.2 magnitude quake as “a major earthquake in scale and magnitude, the strongest in the past 100 years.” The southeastern Pacific coast states of Oaxaca and Chiapas appeared to have borne the brunt of the damage, with 23 people killed in Oaxaca alone, Governor Alejandro Murat said. The worst destruction appeared to be in Juchitan, in the state of Oaxaca, where 17 people were confirmed dead, according to the head of the emergency response agency, Ricardo de la Cruz. Officials said the death toll there could rise.

Published: 09-09-2017 07:24

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