Hurricane bears down on quake-rattled Mexico

Residents sleep in a shelter in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in Juchitan Oaxaca state Mexico late Friday Sept. 8 2017. The 8.1 quake off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday toppled hundreds of buildings in several stat

At least 65 people were killed in a historically massive quake that struck the southern coast of Mexico Thursday night, leaving cities and towns in rubble as relief supplies and cleanup crews arrive to assist devastated residents, officials confirmed on Saturday.

In neighboring Tabasco state, two children were killed, the governor said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the natural disaster measured 8.1 on the Richter scale, but Mexican President Enrique Nieto on Twitter said the latest measures put the quake at 8.2, making it the "the strongest in almost a century".

More than five thousand houses have been damaged and many residents have been sleeping in the streets or in their cars fearing more buildings will collapse.

The toll included 36 dead in Juchitan, located on the narrow waist of Oaxaca known as the Isthmus, where a hospital and about half the city hall also collapsed into rubble.

The state government now says 15 people died there due to Thursday night's magnitude 8.1 quake, in addition to 45 reported dead in Oaxaca and four in Tabasco.

Miami Herald reports that AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will also waive fees to regions affected by Hurricane Irma. A body of a police officer was found buried under rubble in Juchitan, where a total of 37 people have died.

Residents walk past boats that were moved on land in preparation for the expected arrival of Hurricane Katia in Tecolutla Veracruz state Mexico Friday Sept. 8 2017. Hurricane Katia in the Gulf of Mexico is stationary north-northeast of Veracruz and
Mexican police clash with teachers in south Mexico

The quake struck off the Pacific coast of the country just before midnight Thursday, toppling buildings and sending thousands of residents fleeing from their homes.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is a possibility of widespread and risky waves on the coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Ecuador.

The epicentre was in a seismic hotspot in the Pacific where one tectonic plate dives under another.

"The power of this quake was devastating", Pena Nieto said, but added that Mexico's response "will be greater".

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirmed the quake caused a 5.8-foot tsunami.

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

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