Mexico Quake Death Toll Rises to 61

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Added On September 9, 2017

The Mexican president says the deathtoll from Thursday's earthquake has risen to 61.

The 8.2 magnitude earthquake is said to be the worst quake felt in Mexico in a century.

The powerful quake affected at least 50 million people across 12 states.
  
It struck at around 23:50 Thursday night and is said to have lasted 135 seconds.

It was so strong that it was felt all the way in Mexico City, over 400 km away.

The capital saw scenes of panic as people emptied houses, buildings, shops and hotels to take to the streets.

However, despite some superficial damages, no casualties were reported.

Firefighters and police have been on inspection tours around the capital.

SOUNDBITE (SPANISH): ALDO JIMENEZ, Mexico City citizen
"We were alarmed because everything moved, even though we are in an area where we do not feel. You have to wake up the kids and go outside. "

SOUNDBITE (SPANISH): REYNA CRUZ, Mexico City citizen
"It was stronger than the 1985's earthquake, we are well,thank God."

SOUNDBITE (SPANISH): ANGELICA MARTINEZ, Mexico City citizen
"I was sleeping. Then I was scared, and I started to run. But we were in a narrow place. I could hear the walls were cracked, and I felt the roof was falling."

Worst hit are the Southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca.

The town of Juchitan saw several buildings collapse, including its town hall.

President Enrique Pena Nieto has travelled to Chiapas to personally visit some of the most severely hit areas.

SOUNDBITE (SPANISH): ENRIQUE PENA NIETO, Mexican President
"There is a very recent update on the magnitude of the earthquake which is 8.2 degrees and this makes it the largest quake that has been recorded in our country at least in recent 100 years."

Later, the president adressed the nation live on TV, saying that "the power of this earthquake is devestating" but the Mexicans' response "will be even greater".

Mexico City was hit by a tragic earthquake in 1985 in which thousands died.