Mexico Earthquake: Death Toll Reaches 58

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Mexico: At least 58 people have died in the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in more than eight decades. The magnitude-8.1 quake off Mexico’s southern coast late Thursday (local time) was stronger than a devastating 1985 quake that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands. This time damage to the city was limited, as the quake was deeper and further from the capital.

The southern town of Juchitan in Oaxaca State, near the epicentre, was hit particularly hard, with sections of the town hall and other buildings reduced to rubble. “The situation is Juchitan is critical, this is the most terrible moment in its history,” Mayor Gloria Sanchez said.

The head of Mexico’s civil defence agency Luis Felipe Puente said 45 people had been confirmed dead in the southern state of Oaxaca, where the quake hit the hardest. Another 10 people died in Chiapas and three more in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco, he said.

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