Lexington local says family experiences natural disaster in Mexico

Posted September 11, 2017

The death toll from the massive quake that struck Mexico on Thursday night has risen to at least 90 after emergency services in the southern state of Oaxaca said late on Saturday there had been 71 confirmed fatalities in the state alone.

Of this, 71 deaths were reported in the south-west state of Oaxaca.

Federal Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development Secretary Rosario Robles said in an interview with Milenio Television that on Saturday she had accompanied the Oaxaca Governor on a tour of several municipalities in the state.

Mexican authorities said at least 60 people were confirmed dead, including many in the state of Oaxaca along the Pacific coast.

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 quake was also felt further north in Mexico City, where the National Football League has staged two regular season games, including one previous year, and where the Patriots are set to take on the Raiders in November. The National Weather Service confirmed this report, saying the waves reached a height of 3.3 feet. A body of a police officer was found buried under rubble in Juchitan, where a total of 37 people have died.

Mexico City escaped major damage, but the quake terrified sleeping residents, many of whom still remember the catastrophic 1985 natural disaster that killed thousands and devastated large parts of the city.

He also said that major damage has been caused and that 1 million initially had been without power following the quake, but that electricity had been restored to 800,000 of them.

President Buhari said that Nigerians sympathised with Mexico and are praying for the repose of the souls of the departed and the quick recovery of the injured.

Residents were advised that tsunami waves could hit within three hours off the coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Ecuador.

A powerful quake is shaking Mexico's capital city, causing people to flee swaying buildings and knocking out lights to part of the city.

The epicenter of the quake hit on Thursday night in the southern state of Chiapas, one of Mexico's poorest regions. It had a depth of 35 kilometers.

Many people remained in the streets, fearing aftershocks.