M8.1 quake kills at least 61 in Mexico

M8.1 quake kills at least 61 in Mexico

At least 60 people have been confirmed dead after a massive quake struck southern Mexico on Thursday night, the governor of Oaxaca said Friday.

The center's forecast said Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala could see waves of a meter or less.

Five people were killed in an 8.2-magnitude natural disaster off Mexican coast, the largest the country has experienced in the last 100 years, the country's President Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed on Friday.

The quake triggered tsunami waves as high as 3.3 feet at the port of Salina Cruz in Oaxaca, according to the U.S. National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning. Tremors were felt as far away as Mexico City, more than 1-thousand kilometers from the epicenter, and also in Guatemala City. Because of the location of the quake, tsunami waves also crashed onto the Southern Mexican coast.

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President Enrique Pena Nieto ordered schools to remain closed Friday in Chiapas and Mexico City so officials could inspect for structural damage.

The quake was felt in Mexico City, sending residents to the streets out of fears that buildings would collapse.

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. Several aftershocks of between 4 and 6 magnitude have hit the region since.

Two children were killed in the state of Tabasco. Widespread, hazardous tsunami waves were possible, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

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"We stand with the people of Mexico in their hour of grief and pray for speedy recovery of the injured", the statement further said. Chiapas Governor Manuel Velasco said in a televised interview that "Homes, schools and hospitals have been affected" by quake damage. Buildings were immediately shaken by this natural disaster.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially estimated the magnitude at 8.0 before revising it to 8.1 The Mexican Seismological Agency rated it at magnitude 8.4.

And the country faces the prospect of Hurricane Katia hitting in a few days.

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