How serious was the Mexican earthquake?

Juan Negron right prepares to start up a power generator in front of whats left of his damaged property after the passage of Hurricane Irma in the island of Culebra Puerto Rico. About a million people were witho

Mexico was shaken overnight by the country's strongest natural disaster on record, killing at least 35 people in the southern states and swaying buildings in the capital. A three-foot tsunami was confirmed in Mexico but officials warned of waves as tall as 10 feet. 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.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday evening in a televised address that 61 people were killed - 45 in Oaxaca state, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco - and he declared three days of national mourning. "It's about 70 miles offshore, but it's not an unheard of quake", Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center, told NBC News.

The Governor of the Mexican state of Chiapas announced the first fatalities following the most powerful quake to hit the country since 1985, striking 119km south-southwest of Tres Picos.

"Tsunami waves reaching more than 3 meters above the tide level are possible along some coasts of Mexico", the alert from NOAA/NWS said.

Race to rescue survivors of Mexico quake
In Veracruz, tourists abandoned coastal hotels as winds and rains picked up ahead of Hurricane Katia's expected landfall. He said authorities were working to "restore water and food supplies and provide medical attention to those affected".

Many people sustained injuries in the 7.3 quake that hit the country just hours after the one in Mexico. The quake has brought severe damage to Mexico as one million people were initially without electricity, but around 800-thousand people have got the power back.

NOAA reported a tsunami off the coast of Mexico after the quake struck.

"According to the preliminary data, five people have died [as the result of the earthquake], material damages have been sustained", the President said at the press conference.

The warning relates to some coasts of Mexico, Ecuador and Guatemala, among several other countries to a lesser degree. "I almost fell over", Luis Carlos Briceno, 31, an architect who is visiting Mexico City, told Reuters.

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