Death Toll From Massive Mexican Quake Rises to 65

Death Toll From Massive Mexican Quake Rises to 65

"On Saturday, the National Coordinator of Civil Protection, Luis Felipe Puente, said in an interview with that same media outlet that the preliminary death tally from the natural disaster was 65", of whom 15 were in Chiapas, 46 in Oaxaca and four in Tabasco".

During the quake, Mexico City's skyline lit up. Officials said four people were killed in Chiapas, near the epicenter. "The power went off and it went back on about 10 minutes after, but she said the whole house was shaking like jello".

The country has been dealing with twin national emergencies this week: at least a further 65 people had already been killed in an quake, the strongest in decades.

Pena Nieto said 50 million of Mexico's 120 million people felt the quake.

Aside from a few damaged buildings, the capital city was fine.

Pope Francis said he was prayingfor those killed and bereaved by the quake. "Every time a auto passes by, I feel like it's an quake".

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The worst hit was the Zapotec indigenous city of Juchitán in Oaxaca.

"Our main needs are basic supplies, medicines, and help with removing the rubble all over the city", Oscar Cruz Lopez, Juchitan's municipal secretary, said.

Yunes said Saturday that there were no other reports of major damage, though he said some rivers had risen to near flood stage. A hotel collapsed in Matías Romero, another town in the isthmus.

Mexico's Governor for the state of Chiapas had earlier reported three fatalities in San Cristobal de las Casas.

In Tabasco, two children were among the dead.

Ignacio Chavez said his son died in the quake.

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Seismologist Susan Hough of the U.S. Geological Survey says, "It's unusual, but it's not unheard of". Projections based on population figures anticipate between 1000 and 10000 deaths.

Any aftershocks?: Yes. According to the Los Angeles Times, there were at least 20 aftershocks of 4.0 magnitude or higher after the initial quake. "We are used to earthquakes, but not of this magnitude".

Mexico sits atop five tectonic plates, making it prone to earthquakes, and has two long coastlines that are frequently battered by hurricanes.

Once the quake is detected, the system sets off a radio wave that triggers alarms in schools, ministries and offices, and automatically interrupts radio broadcasts.

On the outskirts of the city, the general hospital settled into its temporary home - a school gymnasium with gurneys parked on the basketball court. Nieto said one aftershock of 7.2 magnitude also occurred. Recovery efforts led to a new death toll of 64 victims. Lots of damage. Lots of deaths.

State spokesman Alfonso Martinez spoke by phone as he walked through the streets on Friday and said entire buildings had crumbled onto the sidewalks, reduced to scraps of bricks, adobes and wooden roof beams.

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