Death toll increases after Mexico's strongest natural disaster in a century

Mexico earthquake: Tsunami warnings triggered, 5 killed

At Least 32 People are Dead After Mexico Faces Strongest Earthquake in a Century

The natural disaster of magnitude 8.1 quake, which was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City, was also registered off Mexico's southern coast just as heavy rains from Hurricane Katia lashed the east.

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto said that at least a million people were left without electricity after the magnitude 8.1 natural disaster.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said this quake was the strongest the country has seen in almost a century.

"We are assessing the damage, which will probably take hours, if not days", said Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, in an address to the nation about two hours after the quake.

A huge rescue operation was under way in the worst-hit states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas where people are feared trapped under the rubble, BBC reported.

The USGS says there have been more than thirty aftershocks, ranging from 4.2 to 5.7 in magnitude.

Jana Pursely, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey, told CNN that the quake was relatively shallow, which resulted in more "intense shaking".

President Enrique Pena Nieto ordered schools to remain closed Friday in Chiapas and Mexico City so officials could inspect for structural damage. It had a depth of more than 40 miles. The earthquake's epicenter was 120 kilometers offshore in the Pacific Ocean, 1,000 kilometers southeast of the capital.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tsunami alert, predicting that waves could reach as high as nine feet along some of the Mexican coast.

It's said to have lasted just 95 seconds, but killed at least 400 people in both Mexico and Guatemala. In 1985, a magnitude 8.0 quake struck the capital, killing thousands of people and damaging thousands of buildings. He said three people died in the town of San Cristobal, including two women who perished when the wall of a house collapsed on them.

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