Death toll rises to 61 after Mexico's strongest quake in 100 years

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A rare and powerful 8.4-magnitude natural disaster struck southern Mexico late Thursday, killing at least two people as seismologists warned of a tsunami of more than three meters (10 feet).

The 8.1-magnitude quake, which reached from Guatemala City to Mexico City, registered on the southern coast of the country.

Mexico's president said that the magnitude of the quake that hit the country was 8.2, the biggest the country has seen in a century.

A tsunami has been confirmed in Mexico, with one wave topping off at about three feet, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said this quake was the strongest the country has seen in almost a century.

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Peña Nieto said the quake was felt by 50 million of the country's 120 million residents, and was also felt in much of Guatemala, which borders Chiapas. The last major quake to have shaken up Mexico was the 1985 tremor, which has resulted in the death of thousands of people.

Green light flashes: Yahoo News reported that mysterious green and blue flashes lit up the sky outside of Mexico City following the quake. Several aftershocks of between 4 and 6 magnitude have hit the region since. While Pena Nieto said there were two other fatalities in Tabasco state. About 50 million people across Mexico felt the natural disaster.

A tsunami alert issued for Mexico's Pacific coast, "does not represent a major risk", he said. As of Friday morning, reports coming from the country say damage is extensive and 32 people have been killed.

Chiapas Governor Manuel Velasco said hospitals, roads and bridges were damaged and four people died in his state. while TV Azteca showed images of small buildings that collapsed in nearby Oaxaca state.

While on the other hand, hurricane Katrina has strengthened as it heads to the east coast of the country and is now 185 miles east of Mexico.