Death toll from Mexico quake rises as state of emergency declared

Members of the Mexican army look at damage caused by an earthquake in the Port of Veracuz on September 7, 2017. © Victoria Razo / AFP

The death toll from an 8.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico has reached 15, according to the head of the country’s Disaster Management Agency.

“The death toll is 15 in all… based on the figures from each state,” Ricardo de la Cruz, head of the Disaster Management Agency, told Milenio TV.

Ten of the confirmed fatalities were in Juchitan, in the state of Oaxaca, according to De la Cruz.

Three people were killed in collapsing buildings in Chiapas, where a state of emergency has been declared, according to President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Two children were killed in neighboring Tabasco state, according to its governor.

The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 33 km (21 miles), 123 km (76 miles) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, not far from the Guatemalan border.

The quake was registered in local calculations has having a magnitude of 8.2, making it the largest to hit Mexico in 100 years.

“It was a major earthquake in scale and magnitude, the strongest in the past 100 years,” President Peña Nieto said in an address from the National Disaster Prevention Centre’s headquarters, where he was supervising the emergency response.

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The US Geological Survey reported the quake’s magnitude at 8.1.

Waves of more than 3.3 feet (1 meter) were measured off Salina Cruz, Mexico, following the quake, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Smaller waves were observed in several other locations. (RT)