World Mexican quake death toll rises to 90 as Oaxaca reports more fatalities

19:08  10 september  2017
19:08  10 september  2017 Source:   Reuters

Mexico's alert system plays its part as quake strikes

  Mexico's alert system plays its part as quake strikes Sirens wailed across Mexico City late Thursday warning its estimated 20 million population of a rapidly approaching quake from the Pacific, the latest use of its effective early warning system. By the time alarmed residents felt the first shockwaves from the 8.2 magnitude quake, many had already made it onto the streets or into parks, well away from trembling and swaying buildings.

MEXICO CITY: The death toll from the massive earthquake that struck Mexico on Thursday night has risen to at least 90 after emergency services in the southern state of Oaxaca said late on Saturday there had been 71 confirmed fatalities in the state alone.

MEXICO CIT: The death toll from the massive earthquake that struck Mexico on Thursday night has risen to at least 90 after emergency services in the southern state of Oaxaca said late on Saturday there had been 71 confirmed fatalities in the state alone.

A man stands amidst the remains of a house after an earthquake struck the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Union Hidalgo © REUTERS/Jorge Luis Plata A man stands amidst the remains of a house after an earthquake struck the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Union Hidalgo The death toll from the massive earthquake that struck Mexico on Thursday night has risen to at least 90 after emergency services in the southern state of Oaxaca said late on Saturday there had been 71 confirmed fatalities in the state alone.

"It's 71 (dead). Just for Oaxaca," said Jesus Gonzalez, a spokesman for the state civil protection authority.

At least 15 people died in the neighboring state of Chiapas, according to local authorities, while another four deaths have also been confirmed in the state of Tabasco to the north.

The 8.1 magnitude quake that struck off the coast of Chiapas on Thursday was stronger than a devastating 1985 temblor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands.

Relief efforts in the south continued through Saturday, with many of the people worst affected still wary of returning indoors to weakened buildings, fearing they could be brought down by ongoing aftershocks.

A hair-raising sense of deja vu in Mexico .
When the tremor struck Tuesday, the people of this earthquake-battered city feared the worst: a repeat of the Sept. 7 earthquake that tumbled buildings and left thousands homeless here. When the tremor struck Tuesday, the people of this earthquake-battered city feared the worst: a repeat of the Sept. 7 earthquake that tumbled buildings and left thousands homeless here.

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