Powerful Earthquake Off Southern Mexico Kills More Than 60 People

Soldiers remove debris from a partly collapsed municipal building, which was felled by a massive earthquake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on Friday. | Luis Alberto Cruz/AP


Updated at 11 p.m. ET

The most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in decades struck late Thursday off the country’s southern coast and could be felt hundreds of miles away in the capital. The 8.1 magnitude temblor is blamed for killing at least 60 people.

The quake triggered fears of a tsunami, although no major damage was reported. The event came as the country already was bracing for Hurricane Katia, which made landfall Saturday night in the state of Veracruz as a Category 2 storm.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was located 102 miles west of Tapachula in Chiapas, not far from Guatemala, at a depth of about 43 miles. Authorities in Chiapas report 12 deaths. Read more

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Updated: 09/09/2017 — 07:40

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