Death toll increases after Mexico's strongest quake in a century


September 8, 2017-Late Thursday night, a massive magnitude 8.1 earthquake-the strongest to shake the country in 100 years-struck Mexico off the country's southern coast.

A tsunami warning has been announced in the country, as well as in the neighbouring nations of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

A massive natural disaster struck the southwestern coast of Mexico Thursday evening, local time, leaving at least 15 people dead in the states of Chiapas and Tabasco.

Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto, has declared three days of national mourning after the strongest quake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale struck off the country in a century that left at least 61 people dead.

While there were no initial reports of major damage in Mexico City this time, the death toll jumped to at least 26 people in southern states.

The worst-hit states include Tabasco, Oaxaca, and Chiapas were residents are feared trapped under the rubble. The quake triggered a tsunami, bringing one-meter waves to the Mexican coast.

Those in the capital city - located more than 650 miles from the quake's epicentre - fled into the streets when the tremor occurred.

Green light flashes: Yahoo News reported that mysterious green and blue flashes lit up the sky outside of Mexico City following the natural disaster.

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The USGS reported several aftershocks, all greater than a 5 magnitude, the Reuters news agency says.

Witnesses in Mexico City described the ground shaking for a full 45 seconds.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves of 3.3 feet above the tide level were measured off Salina Cruz.

Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco told Foro TV that there have been reports of damage, including hospitals that have lost power and buildings with collapsed roofs, CNN reported.

Four people were reported killed in Chiapas, while two children died in Tabasco state.

Mr Pena Nieto said a million people had initially been left without power, but 800,000 had now had it restored. He called on people living near the coast to leave their houses as a protective measure.

Mexico is also now under threat from Hurricane Katia along its eastern coast.