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Mexico: 'Worse than a nightmare' - Juchitan residents recount deadly quake02:52

Mexico: 'Worse than a nightmare' - Juchitan residents recount deadly quake

Mexico, Juchitan
September 9, 2017 at 20:28 GMT -00:00 · Published

Juchitan residents recounted the deadly 8.1 earthquake, which hit their hometown a day earlier, leaving at least 36 people dead and a third of the city's homes destroyed or uninhabitable, Saturday.

One resident expressed that all of her neighbours "are now staying on the streets," adding that "we came here because we are very afraid." Other residents said that the earthquake was "worse than a nightmare" and that they were "almost completely under the rubble."

Juchitan is said to be one of the towns hardest hit by the 8.1 magnitude quake that struck Mexico's southern Pacific coast. Survivors were seen sleeping outside on the streets and in parks, after the earthquake destroyed a third of the town’s housing stock, leaving piles of debris strewn across the roads. The municipal palace collapsed entirely, killing a police officer inside.

At least 61 people have died as a result of the earthquake, with 31 said to be killed in Juchitan alone. The earthquake, the strongest to hit Mexico since 1985, was felt as far away as Mexico City and has prompted Tsunami warnings in eight Central American countries.

Mexico: 'Worse than a nightmare' - Juchitan residents recount deadly quake02:52
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Juchitan residents recounted the deadly 8.1 earthquake, which hit their hometown a day earlier, leaving at least 36 people dead and a third of the city's homes destroyed or uninhabitable, Saturday.

One resident expressed that all of her neighbours "are now staying on the streets," adding that "we came here because we are very afraid." Other residents said that the earthquake was "worse than a nightmare" and that they were "almost completely under the rubble."

Juchitan is said to be one of the towns hardest hit by the 8.1 magnitude quake that struck Mexico's southern Pacific coast. Survivors were seen sleeping outside on the streets and in parks, after the earthquake destroyed a third of the town’s housing stock, leaving piles of debris strewn across the roads. The municipal palace collapsed entirely, killing a police officer inside.

At least 61 people have died as a result of the earthquake, with 31 said to be killed in Juchitan alone. The earthquake, the strongest to hit Mexico since 1985, was felt as far away as Mexico City and has prompted Tsunami warnings in eight Central American countries.

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