Mexico Earthquake Death Toll Up to 90

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The death toll from the recent magnitude-8.2 quake that rocked southern Mexico rose on Sunday morning from 65 to 90 after the Governor of Oaxaca said there had been 71 fatalities in his state alone.

The 8.1 magnitude quake that struck off the coast of Chiapas was stronger than the devastating 1985 temblor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands.

The preliminary report from the authorities indicates that the strong natural disaster has killed at least 32 people - 23 in the state of Oaxaca, seven in Chiapas and two in Tabasco.

Hundreds of buildings collapsed or were damaged, power was cut at least briefly to more than 1.8 million people and authorities closed schools on Friday in at least 11 states to check them for safety. A third of the homes in Juchitan, Oaxaca, were also toppled or rendered uninhabitable.

A hotel also collapsed in Juchitan, the town hall partly caved in and many houses were badly damaged.

The death toll is expected to rise drastically, with other reports stating at least 71 dead in Oaxaca, Reuters reported.

Rescue officials search for victims
Rescue officials search for victims

Officials later said only four people had been injured and several dozen homes damaged. "It's about 70 miles offshore, but it's not an unheard of quake", Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center, told NBC News. Authorities say two people were killed by a landslide in Veracruz state.

State spokesman Alfonso Martinez spoke by phone as he walked through the streets on Friday and said entire buildings had crumbled onto the sidewalks, reduced to scraps of bricks, adobes and wooden roof beams. Lots of damage. Lots of deaths.

Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto announced on Twitter there will be three days of national mourning for those who have died.

It is one of three active hurricanes now in the Atlantic Ocean alongside Irma and Jose.

The remains of brick walls and clay tile roofs littered streets as families dragged mattresses on to sidewalks to spend a second anxious night sleeping outdoors. Some were newly homeless, while others feared further aftershocks could topple their cracked adobe dwellings.

The earthquake's impact was blunted somewhat by the fact that it was centred 100 miles (160 kilometres) offshore.

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