Death toll of quake rises to 32 in southern Mexico

Friday 08 2017 1 month ago 41   Mexico   Print

Soldiers remove debris from a partly collapsed building in Mexico.

Report  Web Desk : MEXICO: At least 32 people were dead after a massive 8.1 magnitude earthquake, one of the biggest recorded in Mexico, struck off the country s southern coast late on Thursday, causing cracks in buildings and triggering a small tsunami, authorities said. The quake was apparently stronger than a devastating 1985 temblor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands, but this time, damage to the city was limited. A number of buildings suffered severe damage in parts of southern Mexico. Some of the worst initial reports came from the town of Juchitan in Oaxaca state, where sections of the town hall, a hotel, a bar and other buildings were reduced to rubble. Alejandro Murat, the state governor, said 23 deaths were registered in Oaxaca, 17 of them in Juchitan. A spokesman for emergency services said seven people were also confirmed dead in the neighboring state of Chiapas. (01)