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Powerful Earthquake Inflicts Severe Damage to Southern Mexico

LADB Article ID: 80406
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-09-13
By: Carlos Navarro

The most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years brought major devastation to states in the south, particularly communities in Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Tabasco states. The magnitude of the quake was measured at 8.2 on the Richter scale, marginally stronger than the temblor that leveled a big part of Mexico City in September 1985. The most recent earthquake, which took place overnight on Sept. 7, was felt as far north as Mexico City and surrounding states, but little damage occurred in the capital or the neighboring states of México, Puebla, Morelos, Hidalgo, and Tlaxcala. The quake was strong enough to cause buildings to sway violently in the Mexican capital, but the damage was minor, and no casualties were reported in the area. The most significant losses of property and life occurred near the epicenter of the earthquake, which was in the Pacific Ocean, 164 km (102 miles) west of Tapachula, in the state of Chiapas. Authorities said the quake resulted in at least 95 deaths, with a large number of the victims buried under collapsed buildings.The most significant damage was reported in Juchitán de Zaragoza, a city in Oaxaca state with a population of more than 74,000 people.

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