Sept. 8 (UPI) — Dozens of people are dead in Mexico after the most powerful earthquake to hit the country in 100 years, officials said Friday.
The quake was strong enough to be felt in Mexico City, 630 miles to the northwest. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the magnitude at 8.1, but other institutions rated it between 8.2 and 8.4.
“The national emergency Committee will remain active to assess damage and coordinate actions of care for the population,” he tweeted early Friday.
The death toll will almost certainly rise, officials said. Between 29 and 32 people were reported dead by mid-Friday morning. The Mexican states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Tabasco confirmed a number of deaths in their regions.
The quake triggered tsunami waves as high as 10 feet, the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.