Death toll in Mexico quake rises to 90

The ‘message of sympathy’ was sent out by President Abdulla Yameen

"The house moved like chewing gum and the light and internet went out momentarily", Rodrigo Soberanes, a resident of San Cristobal de las Casas in the Chiapas, told the AP.

"It was a large-scale natural disaster", Mr Pena Nieto said. Mexican officials have now upgraded the quake to 8.2 in magnitude. It was also felt in much of Guatemala, which borders Chiapas.

The US Tsunami Warning System said hazardous tsunami waves were possible on the Pacific coasts of Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras within three hours.

"I only woke up when I heard screaming", said the 24-year-old cradling her wrapped arm. The government there has issued a red alert and says more than 4,000 people have been affected but no fatalities have been reported.

Mr Pena Nieto toured the hardest-hit city, Juchitan in Oaxaca, where at least 36 bodies were pulled from the ruins.

Rubble from a collapsed building surrounds a truck Saturday in the hard-hit Mexican city of Juchitan.

"There are houses that collapsed with people inside", Luis Felipe Puente, the agency's director general, told TV news channel Milenio. Part of the city hall collapsed.

In Tabasco state, two children were among the dead, officials said. Projections based on population figures anticipate between 1000 and 10000 deaths.




"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.

It can take a minute for seismic waves from a quake's epicentre to reach the capital, several hundred kilometres away.

Mexico sits atop five tectonic plates, making it prone to earthquakes, and has two long coastlines that are frequently battered by hurricanes.

Economic losses from infrastructure damage is likely to be in the billions, it was reported.

In Chiapas, where the epicenter was recorded, the number of victims rose to 12, said Governor Manuel Velasco Coello. "Homes, schools and hospitals have been damaged". One was crushed by a collapsing wall. "Avoid these areas", Pena Nieto tweeted.

Local radio in the Central American country reported one death, but it could not be confirmed.

A hotel mostly collapsed and many homes were badly damaged in the predominantly indigenous town of 100,000 people, which is tucked into the lush green southern mountains near the coast.

Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to about 9 million people, are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico.

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