Mexico Earthquake devastates Pacific communities

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One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck @ 11.49 pm on Thursday, toppling hundreds of buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night. At least 61 people were reported dead.

The epicenter of a powerful 8.4 magnitude earthquake was in a seismic hot spot in the Pacific where one tectonic plate dives under another, west of Tapachula in Chiapas, at a dept of 70 km.

The furious shaking was followed by a second national emergency for Mexican agencies as Hurricane Katia made landfall north of Tecolutla in Veracruz state late Friday amid intense rains. The Mexican president, Enrique Pena Nieto declared three days of national mourning after 61 people were killed by the quake.

The Canadian Press / AA Magnum News 2017.

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