Officials in Mexico are scrambling to respond to a 8.1 magnitude quake off the country's southern coast that has killed at least 61 people and triggered tremors across the region, according to The Independent.
The quake, which had a magnitude of 8.1, was registered off Mexico's southern coast and was felt as far away as Mexico City and Guatemala City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which tracks such seismic events.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured 8.1 on the Richter scale, but Mexican President Enrique Nieto on Twitter said the latest measures put the natural disaster at 8.2, making it the "the strongest in almost a century".
At least 20 deaths were reported in Mexico's Oaxaca state. Aftershocks are expected in the coming hourswith Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto stating that there have been more than 60 so far.
Operation USA has ties to Mexico, having worked there in the wake of previous disasters, including the major 1985 quake and most recently following major flooding in 2013.
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Green light flashes: Yahoo News reported that mysterious green and blue flashes lit up the sky outside of Mexico City following the quake.
In Oaxaca, 17 people have died, including ten in the town of Juchitán, where over 100 buildings have collapsed.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves of 3.3 feet above the tide level were measured off Salina Cruz.
Peña Nieto has warned that more aftershocks are likely, and has urged people to check their homes and offices for structural damage and gas leaks.
According to a report by the BBC, close to six people were killed and one person died in Guatemala. Residents of the Mexican capital fled into the streets, many in their pajamas, for fear buildings would collapse.
And the country faces the prospect of Hurricane Katia hitting in a few days.
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