At least 60 dead in Mexico after most powerful earthquake in decades

The most powerful earthquake to it Mexico in more than eight decades has left at least 60 people dead.

It has been recorded as an 8.1 magnitude earthquake, but with the epicentre in the Pacific Ocean Mexico has avoided the devastation that a previous quake did.

So far the provinces worst hit, Oaxaca, Tabasco and Chiapas have reported 45, 3 and 12 dead respectively.

The Oaxacan town of Juchitan has been hit the worst, with the town hall, a hotel, a church, a bar and other buildings being partially or completely destroyed.

Juchitan Mayor Gloria Sanchez spoke about the impact that the earthquake has had on the city.

“The situation is Juchitan is critical; this is the most terrible moment in its history,” she said.

Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted his support for the families that have lost people.

“Sadly, there are reports that people have died. My deepest condolences to their families.” The tweet read.

He also said that about 800,000 of the million people who lost power from the earthquake have had power restored, and asked people to ensure gas supplies, walls and columns were still safe.

There are cautions to watch out for aftershocks potentially as high as 7.2 magnitude, and for tidal waves in coastal areas.

A previous 8.0 magnitude earthquake in 1985 levelled much of Mexico City, as well as killing around 5000 people.

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