Race to rescue survivors of Mexico quake

No S. Korean Casualties Reported in Mexico Quake

Race to rescue survivors of Mexico quake

At least 90 people have died in Thursday's 8.1 magnitude quake in Mexico, officials have confirmed.

Mexico's seismology service estimated it at 8.2 magnitude while the US Geological Survey put it at 8.1 - the same as in 1985, the quake-prone country's most destructive ever.

Mexico's civil defense agency said most of the known deaths-45-were in the southern state of Oaxaca.

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.

The quake hit in the middle of the night on Friday, sending panicked people fleeing into the streets.

Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes said two people died in a mudslide related to the storm, and he said some rivers had risen to near flood stage, but there were no reports of major damage. Some news outlets reported a few additional deaths.

Saturday's discovery came as Mexicans mourned quake victims in slow-moving funeral processions in Juchitan, where a graveyard swelled with the bereaved and serenades for the dead.

While President Yameen had wished the ongoing relief efforts success, the Mexican government reported that at least 61 people have been killed in the disaster. It was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City by an estimated 50 million people. The State Secretariat of Education reported 792 schools damaged by breaks and extensive cracks.

Still, the hurricane centre predicted the storm could bring three to six inches of additional rain to a region with a history of flooding and deadly mudslides.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said tsunami waves had been detected but on Friday night U.S. time they confirmed that the "threat had now passed".

Scenes of mourning were repeated over and over again in Juchitan, where a third of the city's homes collapsed or were uninhabitable, President Enrique Pena Nieto said late Friday.

Mexico has also had to contend with the approach of Hurricane Katia.

In the town of Juchitan, Oaxaca, hundreds of families spent the night camped in the streets, too scared to go back inside for fear of aftershocks.

"We are all collapsed, our homes and our people", said Rosa Elba Ortiz Santiago, 43, who sat with her teenage son and more than a dozen neighbors on an assortment of chairs.

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