Seventeen people from one town are killed in biggest Mexican earthquake for a century as death toll rises to 26 and over one million are left without power

Friday, September 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

Massive 8.1 earthquake struck 60 miles off the southern coast of Mexico southwest of the town of Pijijiapan
At least 32 people have been killed including two children and 17 from same town, Juchitan, in Oaxaca state
The earthquake was felt across Mexico and as far as Austin, Texas more than 1,300 miles from the epicentre
Strongest quake to hit the capital since a 1985 tremor flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands
Mexico’s president said it was the biggest quake in the country in a century with a million left without power
Authorities initially declared tsunami alert stretching all the way south to Ecuador, but lifted it hours later

By JULIAN ROBINSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
8 September 2017

Up to 17 people from one town have been killed in the biggest Mexican earthquake for a century as the death toll from the disaster climbed to 32 today.

The earthquake was felt across Mexico, toppling houses, shaking buildings in the country’s capital and leaving a million without power amid reports tremors were detected as a far away as Austin, Texas – more than 1,300 miles from the epicentre.

Terrified residents in Mexico City ran out into the streets after the quake struck, witnesses said. Tremors were the strongest in a hundred years, according to President Enrique Pena Nieto – greater even than a devastating earthquake in 1985 that hit the capital flattening swathes of the city and killing thousands.

The quake struck at 11.49pm last night, 76 miles southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 43 mile.

A number of buildings were left in ruins in parts of southern Mexico. Some of the worst initial reports came from the town of Juchitan in Oaxaca state, where sections of the town hall, a hotel, a bar and other buildings were reduced to rubble.

Alejandro Murat, the state governor, said 23 deaths were registered in Oaxaca, 17 of them in Juchitan.
Authorities initially declared a tsunami alert stretching all the way south to Ecuador, but lifted it several hours later. Coastal Puerto Madero was earlier evacuated amid fears of a wave of up to 12ft.

Authorities initially declared a tsunami alert stretching all the way south to Ecuador, but lifted it several hours later. The only tsunami detected so far, however had a largest wave measured at 3.3ft, experts said.
The death toll has already risen to at least 32 people, including two children in Tabasco state and 17 in the southern city of Juchitan.

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