Atleast 90 dead after massive Mexican natural disaster

In Tabasco, two children were among the dead.

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto declared three days of national mourning.

The natural disaster, which had a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter Scale, was the strongest to hit the region in 85 years.

Meanwhile, the feared category one Hurricane Katia, which struck Veracruz on the east coast on Saturday, has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

The powerful quake was felt as far away as the capital, Mexico City, sending residents out in the streets for fear of aftershocks.

More than 5,000 homes were destroyed and many more left without running water or electricity in Juchitan.

Hundreds of buildings were toppled across a number of southern states, with the hardest-hit being Juchitan and Oaxaca.

Late on Saturday, authorities in the southern state of Oaxaca said there were 71 confirmed fatalities there, many of them in the town of Juchitan, where the rush to bury victims crowded a local cemetery on Saturday.

Massive Earthquake Rocks Mexico as the Country Prepares for Hurricane Katia on Gulf Coast

The interior department in neighboring Puebla state evacuated 1,500 people to storm shelters as a preventative measures, but reported no serious damage or deaths.

The 8.1 magnitude quake off the coast of Chiapas on Thursday was stronger than a devastating 1985 temblor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands.

Rescuers, soldiers of the Army and Navy continue with the work of people search in the rubble, in the Juchitan municipality, in Oaxaca, Mexico, 9 September 2017.

Mexico has also had to contend with the approach of Hurricane Katia. Another, an infant on a respirator, died after the quake triggered a power outage.

A study by Mexico's National Seismological Service says that quake is believed to have killed about 400 people, causing severe damage around the port of Manzanillo.

The magnitude 8.1 quake that hit Mexico overnight occurred within a seismic hotspot in the Pacific where one tectonic plate dives under another.

Pena Nieto said 50 million of Mexico's 120 million people felt the quake.

The epicenter of the quake hit on Thursday night in the southern state of Chiapas, one of Mexico's poorest regions.



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