Deadliest Earthquake of 2017: Death Toll rises to 61
One of the deadliest earthquake experienced by Mexico in over 8 decades.
September 8th, 2017, the southern coast of Mexico was hit by an earthquake of 8.1 magnitude. This caused small tsunami waves to form as well and it shattered some buildings. 61 people until now have been announced dead and President Enrique Peña Nieto suspects at least 200 people have been injured. The aftermath of the earthquake was seen in the form of rubble and a huge rescue operation is underway in Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca, the states that had been affected the worst by the earthquake. People are feared to be trapped under the rubble.
This earthquake is one of the deadliest in a century in this region. The last major earthquake to have shaken up Mexico was the 1985 tremor, which has resulted in the death of thousands of people. President Nieto has declared a day of mourning, and flags would fly high at most, out of respect for the people we have lost in this unforeseen tragedy. Till now, there have been 45 deaths reported in Oaxaca, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco.
“The situation is Juchitán is critical; this is the most terrible moment in its history,” said Mayor Gloria Sanchez. The town of Juchitán, in Oaxaca, was the wort-hit towns, there were reportedly 17 deaths. President Nieto visited the town on Friday, the final damages are yet to be clearly reported. The town is said to be the poorest and least developed part of the nation.
— Oaxaca Político (@OaxacaPolitico) September 8, 2017
Guatemala was also hit by this earthquake; the president says they have lost at least one other life.
The earthquake hit at 23:50 local time on Thursday in Mexico and caused tremors to be felt and panic to set miles away in Mexico City, the capital. Buildings were immediately shaken by this earthquake.
Thousands of people were evacuated in the coasts of Chiapas, where tsunami warnings were triggered, which was later lifted. Throughout Friday, there were several after shocks hitting the region. President Nieto is said to be traveling to Chiapas to assess the damage. Reportedly this earthquake did not cause as much damage as the 1985 tremors as it hit less populated areas while the 1985 tremor hit close to Mexico City. This quake comes in just as Mexico is warned of Hurrican Katia on its eastern coast.