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At least 58 dead in Mexico's biggest quake in century

11 September 2017

The most powerful natural disaster to strike in around 100 years saw with tremors reported from Mexico City to San Salvador to the south.

"We are assessing the damage, which will probably take hours, if not days", said Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, in an address to the nation about two hours after the quake.

The worst-hit states include Tabasco, Oaxaca, and Chiapas were residents are feared trapped under the rubble. The centre warned waves could reach over ten feet along the Mexican shore near the epicentre of the quake.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted that the country's National Security Committee had been activated.

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Mexico has been hit by its strongest quake in more than a century, shaking buildings in the capital and killing at least 26 people in southern states.

The quake was felt as far away as Mexico City and Guatemala City.

Oaxaca state governor Alejandro Murat told broadcaster Televisa on Friday that 17 more people have been confirmed dead in his state, on top of the five deaths already announced in Oaxaca, one of Mexico's poorest states. While Pena Nieto said there were two other fatalities in Tabasco state.

The current Foreign Office travel advice says: "Most of Mexico is occasionally subject to earthquakes".

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A tsunami alert issued for the Pacific coast of Mexico "does not represent a major risk", he said.

Such earthquakes can come with a list of aftereffects, including tsunamis and landslides, according to the USGS, which reported aftershocks registering above magnitude 5. Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco said roofs across the country had collapsed, and homes, schools, and hospitals were affected by the quake.

The US Geological Survey reported the quake's magnitude at 8.1.

While on the other hand, hurricane Katrina has strengthened as it heads to the east coast of the country and is now 185 miles east of Mexico.

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At least 58 dead in Mexico's biggest quake in century