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Number of earthquake victims rises to at least 32

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 | World News

In the night on Friday, some 50 million people in Mexico have been surprised by a serious earthquake off the Pacific coast. After the earthquake kills at least 32 people, the South American country has been shaken by at least 185 aftershocks.

According to the Seismological Institute, the strongest aftershock had a strength of 6.1. "The most severe impact has been on the isthmus of Tehuantepec," said the Governor of the State of Oaxaca, Alejandro Murat. Especially hit was Juchitán. There, 17 people died. The city is located in the south of Mexico near the Pacific.

The first quake – about 140 kilometers from the mainland – had a strength of 8.4. According to President Enrique Peña Nieto, it was the strongest measured earthquake in the region since 1932. It also shook the capital of Mexico City, killed at least 32 people and caused major damage.

Also in Juchitan, in the state of Oaxaca (Mexico), the massive earthquake largely left rubble and ashes. (Source: Luis Alberto Cruz / dpa)

The quake was so strong that it could be measured in the almost 10,000 kilometers distant Berlin. Data from the FU Berlin and the GFZ Potsdam showed wave movements of 8.5 millimeters downwards and upwards.

 The epicenter of the earthquake lay off the Pacific coast in southeast Mexico, at a depth of about 19 kilometers.

Sleeping device falls out: baby dies in the hospital
In the state of Chiapas, at least three people were killed. Governor Manuel Velasquez said. In the state of Tabasco, a baby died because of a power failure in the hospital, another child was killed in the collapse of a wall, said Governor Arturo Núñez.

Fire brigade operators are looking for a rubble. (Source: Agustin Salinas / El Universal via ZUMA Wire / dpa / dpa)

President Nieto said that one million customers of energy operators were initially without electricity, later the supply for 800,000 was restored. At the time, about 1.5 million people were without electricity. In Mexico City, the power stations reported numerous power cuts.

About 1.5 million people without electricity
On Friday, reports of major damage followed. According to local media, a hotel in the city of Matías Romero in the state of Oaxaca collapsed, no possible victims were known. From other cities pictures of collapsed buildings and cars, which were buried by Steinbergen, were spread.

There has been a severe raid on the coast of Mexico, and people fled the streets. (Source: Claudia Daut / Reuters)

There were indications of a retreat of the sea – possible signs of a possible tsunami. A tsunami warning was issued for the Pacific region. According to the tsunami warning center, the quake triggered smaller tsunami waves of up to 70 centimeters in height.

Warning of Hurricane "Katia"
Dangerously high waves could also arise along the coast from Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua to Ecuador. The region affected by the earthquake is located on the so-called Pacific Fire Ring, which is repeatedly shaken by violent earthquakes.

In the Gulf of Mexico is also the hurricane "Katia" on the way. A hurricane warning had been issued for parts of the state Veracruz, reports the weatherman Hurricane News. In the east of Mexico it could come at the weekend to heavy rain and storms.

One of the most recent earthquakes in Mexico occurred on 19 September 1985: It had the strength of 8.1 and met the main city Mexico City. At that time there were about 10,000 dead.


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