Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

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At least 32 people are reported dead in Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco after the 8.4-magnitude natural disaster that struck last night at 11:49pm and continued for a minute and a half.

Mexican President Pena Nieto declared three days of national mourning on a visit to the affected areas, saying serious damage had been caused and that one million customers had initially been without power.

About half of the city hall collapsed in a pile of rubble, and streets were littered with the debris of ruined houses.

The governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz is reporting two deaths related to the arrival of Hurricane Katia, which hit the state overnight.

The tremors from the quake were felt as far as 1,000 km away from the epicentre, in Mexico City, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center.

Nieto made the declaration after visiting the town of Juchitán late Friday, where the quake hit hardest.

In addition to the deaths in Juchitan, nine other people died in Oaxaca, while twenty-five people were killed by the quake in neighbouring states.

At least 15 people died in neighbouring Chiapas, and its governor Manuel Velasco said some 41,000 houses were damaged, estimating almost 1.5 million people were affected.

At least 90 people killed across the country as emergency workers still look for victims under the rubble.

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

He said that one died when a wall collapsed, and the other was a baby who died in a children's hospital that lost electricity, cutting off the supply to the infant's ventilator.

The epicenter was in a seismic hotspot in the Pacific where one tectonic plate dives under another.

And there's a tsunami warning: According to CBS News, the quake created tsunami waves off the coast, sending people into a panic on the Mexican streets.

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.

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