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Mexico Intensifies Recovery Efforts After Earthquake and Hurricane

11 September 2017

The country was also hit by a hurricane that made landfall along the Gulf coast late Friday. "We are used to earthquakes, but not of this magnitude".

The National Hurricane Center said Katia is expected to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain on the region, which has dealt with deadly mudslides and flooding in the past.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm's maximum sustained winds had dropped Saturday morning to about 35 miles per hour. CNN reported that 23 people died in Oaxaca, two in Chiapas and two more in Tabasco.

Yunes said 2,886 had been evacuated from their homes across the state. It was also felt in much of Guatemala, which borders Chiapas.

Martinez said "It's not just the roofs that have collapsed". One was crushed by a collapsing wall.

In Juchitan, emergency teams with search dogs found the body of a policeman under the rubble of city hall.

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

"It's a big quake".

"I don't know how you can make sense of it".

Authorities raised the overall death toll throughout Saturday.

Rescuers scoured the rubble left after thousands of buildings were toppled in the southern states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca, where many are feared trapped under stone and concrete. At least 60 people were reported dead.

The quake struck at a depth of 69.7 kilometers, according to the USGS.

Mexico's seismology service measured Thursday's quake at magnitude 8.2. The U.S. Geological Survey puts both at 8.1 while, though the Mexican seismologists calculate them at 8.2. No further details have been provided.

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The 8.1-magnitude quake killed at least 65 people.

Civil Defense photos showed the crumbling facade of the Anel hotel in Matias Romero and split in half.

Police, soldiers and emergency workers raced Friday to rescue survivors from the ruins of Mexico's most powerful quake in a century, which killed at least 61 people.

Details remain sketchy this morning but Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa said 17 people died in Juchitán in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Another 200 people were injured, President Enrique Peña Nieto said, as he declared a national day of mourning, BBC reported.

Emergency workers in Mexico are scrambling to respond to twin crises after the country was hammered by the strongest quake in more than 30 years followed by tropical storm Katia.

Almost 2,900 people have been evacuated from their homes in Veracruz, and 1,500 more relocated to storm shelters in the neighboring Puebla state, AP reports.

At least six people have died from the quake, and Nieto has warned that aftershocks could be as strong as 7.2.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said Friday that the natural disaster, which was felt by around 50 million people nationwide, was the most powerful to hit Mexico in 100 years.

The quake triggered tsunami warnings and some tall waves, but there was no major damage from the sea.

Waves rose as high as 0.7 metres in Mexico, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said, though that threat passed.

No threat was posed to Hawaii and the western and South Pacific.

"The house moved like chewing gum and the light and internet went out momentarily", Rodrigo Soberanes, a resident of San Cristobal de las Casas in the Chiapas, told the AP.

Mexico Intensifies Recovery Efforts After Earthquake and Hurricane