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Mexico hit by deadly hurricane as it still reels from Friday's natural disaster

Mexico hit by deadly hurricane as it still reels from Friday's natural disaster

A state senator from Chiapas told The Daily Beast, "We could be looking at more than 10,000 people facing crisis".

Families were jerked awake by the grating howl of the capital's seismic alarm. The quake even rocked the city's landmark Angel of Independence monument. The extent of the destruction is still emerging.

"It was a major quake in scale and magnitude, the strongest in the past 100 years", said President Enrique Pena Nieto in an address from the National Disaster Prevention Center's headquarters, where he was supervising the emergency response.

The quake struck 120 km off the Pacific Coast at 12.49 a.m., southwest of Tres Picos, Mexico, which is 1,000 km southeast of Mexico City, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

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

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the quake measured 8.2 and was the strongest natural disaster Mexico has experienced in 100 years whereas the US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 8.1. Authorities briefly evacuated a few residents of coastal Tonala and Puerto Madero because of the warning. The tsunami is not a big worry, Nieto said.

The quake struck at 11.49pm on Thursday (4.49am GMT on Friday), and its epicentre was 102 miles (165 kilometres) west of Tapachula in Chiapas.

Mexico earthquake Juchitan
A house severely damaged by the 8.2-magnitude quake in Juchitan Oaxaca

Dozens of strong aftershocks rattled the region in the following hours.

By the time alarmed residents felt the first shockwaves from the 8.1 magnitude quake, many had already made it onto the streets or into parks, well away from trembling and swaying buildings.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves of 3.3 feet (1 metre) above the tide level were measured off Salina Cruz, Mexico. Details on damage from remote areas were not clear, raising the possibility that the death toll could rise, officials said.

Scientists were still reviewing data, but a preliminary analysis indicated the quake was triggered by the sudden breaking or bending of the Cocos plate, which dives beneath Mexico.

In neighbouring Guatemala, President Jimmy Morales spoke on national television to call for calm while emergency crews checked for damage.

The magnitude-8.1 quake was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City.

Across the country, Hurricane Katia was roaring onshore north of Tecolutla in Veracruz state, pelting the region with intense rains and winds.

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