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

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

Authorities began confirming death counts Friday morning, hours after the 8.1-magnitude quake hit Pijijiapan along Mexico's southern coast, just before midnight Thursday.

Countries including Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala could see waves of one metre or less, while Hawaii and the western and South Pacific are not believed to be in any danger.

More than 600 aftershocks have been recorded since the natural disaster struck off the Mexico's southern Pacific coast just before midnight on Thursday local time.

One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico has killed at least 32 people, toppling houses and businesses and sending panicked people into the streets more than 650 miles away.

Another 200 people were injured, President Enrique Peña Nieto said, as he declared a national day of mourning, BBC reported. 10 people had died in Oaxaca, while three deaths were reported in Chiapas, and the deaths of two children in Tabasco.

The USGS has reported multiple aftershocks, including four with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude. "The streetlights started swinging back and forth", said Mayaro Ortega, 31, a resident of the capital's north side who went running from her building.

Puente said those three southern Pacific states near the epicenter were the most affected by the natural disaster.

Alejandro Murat, the state governor, said 23 deaths were registered in Oaxaca, 17 of them in Juchitan. The powerful quake has affected at least 50 million people in 12 states. More than five-thousand homes were completely destroyed in Mexico city alone and since the 8.1 magnitude quake struck, there have been more than 300 aftershocks felt.

"Based on all available data ... widespread hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts", the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

It's said to have lasted just 95 seconds, but killed at least 400 people in both Mexico and Guatemala.

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