At least 15 dead following deadly natural disaster hit Mexico

At least 15 dead following deadly natural disaster hit Mexico

At least 15 dead following deadly natural disaster hit Mexico

One of the most powerful earthquakes to ever hit Mexico killed at least 32 people late Thursday night and crippled hundreds of buildings.

The natural disaster struck the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Mexico, registering a magnitude of 8.4 and causing severe damage to many towns in nearby areas.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported that potentially hazardous tsunami waves were possible along some coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Ecuador.

The quake was registered in local calculations has having a magnitude of 8.2, making it the largest to hit Mexico in 100 years.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who said the quake was 8.2 in magnitude, called the quake the strongest the country has seen in a century.

Authorities said the other three deaths were in Chiapas state, in San Cristobal de las Casas, the AP reported. The quake triggered a tsunami, bringing one-meter waves to the Mexican coast.

The 8.1 magnitude quake off the southern coast late Thursday was stronger than a devastating 1985 temblor
At Least 32 People are Dead After Mexico Faces Strongest Earthquake in a Century

According to the President, Mexico was faced with the strongest registered in the country over at least the last 100 years quake, noted by the media.

The tremors were so severe that people in Mexico City, over 500 miles away, fled shaking buildings in their pajamas.

The USGS says there have been more than thirty aftershocks, ranging from 4.2 to 5.7 in magnitude. The governor of neighboring Tabasco state said two children had died, bringing the death toll to fifteen. People came out of the apartments, houses and gathers in groups in the streets of Mexico. The U.S. Geological Survey measured it at 8.1 magnitude.

"According to the preliminary data, five people have died [as the result of the earthquake], material damages have been sustained", the President said at the press conference.

Mexico is also facing threat from Hurricane Katia, which is expected to hit its eastern coast.

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