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Death Toll from Mexico Quake Rises to 90

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A soldier looks on as housewives stand in line for rations and water in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, a zone heavily affected by Thursday's magnitude 8.2 earthquake, Sept. 9, 2017.

The death toll from the massive earthquake that rocked southern Mexico has risen to at least 90, with most of the fatalities occurring in Oaxaca State.

The powerful 8.2-magnitude quake struck off Mexico’s far southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday, about 100 kilometers from the town of Tonala.

By Sunday, many in the area were still living outdoors for fear of aftershocks, including one measuring 5.2 early Sunday.

Officials in Oaxaca and Chiapas states said thousands of houses and hundreds of schools had been damaged or destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of people were reported to be without water service.

Buildings destroyed by an earthquake that struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday are seen on a street in Juchitan, Mexico, Sept. 8, 2017.
Buildings destroyed by an earthquake that struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday are seen on a street in Juchitan, Mexico, Sept. 8, 2017.

The earthquake triggered a 1-meter-high tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, but there were no reports of tsunami damage.

The quake was felt as far away as Mexico City and Guatemala City. Residents of the Mexican capital fled into the streets, many in their pajamas, for fear buildings would collapse.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has said the earthquake was bigger than a 1985 earthquake in the country that killed thousands. In a televised address Friday evening, he declared three days of national mourning and promised that the government will help rebuild.

Teams of soldiers and federal police armed with shovels and sledgehammers fanned out across neighborhoods to help demolish damaged buildings. Other groups distributed boxes of food.

"The power of this earthquake was devastating," Pena Nieto said, but added that Mexico's response "will be greater."


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