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Quake kills at least 32 in Mexico

Friday, September 08, 2017 - 01:06

A deadly earthquake off southern Mexico has claimed dozens of lives. Many of the deaths were in the state of Oaxaca, but Chiapas and Mexico City were also affected. Lucy Fielder reports.

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A powerful earthquake that hit Mexico late on Thursday has killed dozens of people. This is the moment it struck. Cracking buildings and triggering a small tsunami. The highest number of deaths were recorded in Oaxaca and Chiapas in the south. In the town of Juchitan, some buildings were reduced to rubble. People were driven outside in their pyjamas, and shaken tourists were driven from their beds. Its 8.1 magnitude was stronger than a devastating 1985 quake that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands. But this time, damage to the capital was limited. Power went out for about a million of its residents. At the international airport: cracked floors, swaying monitors and broken windows. The quake's epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, just off the town of Pijijiapan in the southern state of Chiapas. More aftershocks are likely, President Enrique Pena Nieto said, but despite earlier fears, the tsunami risk is not great.

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Quake kills at least 32 in Mexico

Friday, September 08, 2017 - 01:06