‘It was all horrific’: Apocalyptic scenes from fatal Mexico quake (VIDEOS)

Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

9 Sep, 2017

The number of people killed by the 8.2-magnitude quake that hit the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday has risen to at least 61, with witnesses saying they cannot remember an earthquake this terrible. Three days of mourning have been declared.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the quake was “the largest registered in our country in at least the past 100 years.” He said in a televised address Friday night that at least 45 people were killed in Oaxaca, 12 in Chiapas, and four in Tabasco.

But the actual death toll could be over 80, AFP reports, citing local state officials. Over 200 people were injured across Mexico, officials say.

A rescue operation is still under way, as emergency workers in the southern region, hit hardest by the quake, are hoping to pull more survivors from the ruins of Mexico’s most powerful earthquake in a century.

Desperate searches for survivors are still going on in the rubble of houses, churches, and schools that were torn apart.

One Mexico City resident told ABC she sat vigil by the body of a loved one draped in a red shroud.

“We are holding vigil for her here because we went to purchase her coffin but there are none left because of how many people were killed,” Alma Rosa said.

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