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Mexico: Largest earthquake in decades wrecks homes in Veracruz01:57

Mexico: Largest earthquake in decades wrecks homes in Veracruz

Mexico, Minatitlan
September 8, 2017 at 19:36 GMT -00:00 · Published

Journalist (Spanish): "That collapsed?"

Cira Rueda Fonseca, Veracruz resident (Spanish): "Yes, that totally collapsed."

Homes were wrecked and large expanses of ground opened up in Minatitlan, southeastern Mexican state of Veracruz, Friday, after an earthquake that registered between 8.0-8.4 hit Mexico's southern Pacific coast. At least 32 people were killed in the disaster.

One of the Veracruz residents, affected by the earthquake, recounted that she was about to go to bed when she felt the earthquake. She said, "I told my daughter to wake up as it was trembling. We all got up, with the children, and we left the house. However, as we were going outside, suddenly the door fell down, hitting me in the chest."

The earthquake has prompted Tsunami warnings across eight Central American countries, with the Pacific tsunami warning centre estimating tsunami waves of over three metres (9,84 feet) for parts of the Mexican coast. The tsunami is expected to be felt as far afield a Fiji, Kiribati and French Polynesia.

An earthquake of such a magnitude has not been felt in Mexico since 1985, when a magnitude 8 earthquake hit Mexico City killing thousands and causing billions of dollars of damage.

Mexico: Largest earthquake in decades wrecks homes in Veracruz01:57
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Journalist (Spanish): "That collapsed?"

Cira Rueda Fonseca, Veracruz resident (Spanish): "Yes, that totally collapsed."

Homes were wrecked and large expanses of ground opened up in Minatitlan, southeastern Mexican state of Veracruz, Friday, after an earthquake that registered between 8.0-8.4 hit Mexico's southern Pacific coast. At least 32 people were killed in the disaster.

One of the Veracruz residents, affected by the earthquake, recounted that she was about to go to bed when she felt the earthquake. She said, "I told my daughter to wake up as it was trembling. We all got up, with the children, and we left the house. However, as we were going outside, suddenly the door fell down, hitting me in the chest."

The earthquake has prompted Tsunami warnings across eight Central American countries, with the Pacific tsunami warning centre estimating tsunami waves of over three metres (9,84 feet) for parts of the Mexican coast. The tsunami is expected to be felt as far afield a Fiji, Kiribati and French Polynesia.

An earthquake of such a magnitude has not been felt in Mexico since 1985, when a magnitude 8 earthquake hit Mexico City killing thousands and causing billions of dollars of damage.

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