12 September, 2017
Tens of thousands of emergency packs, as well as 100 extra police officers and rescue dogs were sent to Juchitán, in Oaxaca, said to be the worst affected town.
"The temblor felt by about 50 million people across the country was the strongest natural disaster Mexico has experienced in 100 years".
According to an official, the natural disaster was stronger than the 8.0-magnitude quake of 1985 that killed at least 10,000 people and destroyed a large part of Mexico City.
The 'message of sympathy" was sent out by President Abdulla Yameen, where he had also said that he was deeply "grieved' to learn about the devastation caused by the 8.1 magnitude natural disaster. Till now, there have been 45 deaths reported in Oaxaca, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco.
One of the worst hit towns was Juchitán, in Oaxaca, where at least 17 deaths were reported.
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The quake was apparently stronger than a devastating 1985 temblor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands, but this time, damage to the city was limited. The quake damaged 1,700 homes, 700 schools and 18 other public buildings in Chiapas, according to preliminary estimates.
Guatemala was also hit by this natural disaster; the president says they have lost at least one other life.
The US Tsunami Warning System also issued a tsunami warning for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Costa Rica.
Reportedly this natural disaster 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. The warning was later lifted.
The quake also plunged many Cities into darkness as electricity was cut, and many Schools were forced to shut down.
Videos on social media showed significant tremors in various parts of the country, as well as major damage to buildings and infrastructure.