Deadliest Earthquake of 2017: Death Toll rises to 61

Laura Christensen
September 11, 2017

Original report: An natural disaster measuring a preliminary magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale hit off the coast of southern Mexico on Friday, killing at least 15 people and triggering a tsunami, CNN reported.

The quake 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.

A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico with one wave coming in at three feet, according to the National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. President Enrique Peña Nieto said at least 200 were injured in the quake, which had a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter Scale, the strongest one to hit the region in a century.

According to BuzzFeed News, residents in Mexico City, more than 650 miles away from the earthquake's epicenter, fled their buildings, barefoot and in robes.

Mexico's civil defense chief says the death toll from the quake that hit off southern Mexico has risen to at least 15.

Three were killed in Chiapas, Mexico's southernmost and poorest state, according to Puente, and 10 have died in Oaxaca.

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The US Geological Survey (USGS) PAGER system, which predicts economic and human loss after earthquakes has reported multiple aftershocks, some measuring over 5 in magnitude and has issued a red alert.

Green light flashes: Yahoo News reported that mysterious green and blue flashes lit up the sky outside of Mexico City following the natural disaster.

The worst-hit city is Juchitan, in the southern state of Oaxaca, where at least 36 bodies were pulled from ruins, and a large number of buildings collapsed, including the city's town hall.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre warned about possible tsunami. It was the biggest quake the country has experienced in more than 100 years, Mexico's president said.

Chiapas Governor, Manuel Velasco, said two women died on San Cristobal when a house and a wall collapsed.

"It was a major quake in scale and magnitude, the strongest in the past 100 years", President Peña Nieto said in an address from the National Disaster Prevention Centre's headquarters, where he was supervising the emergency response.

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