Death toll in Mexico earthquake rises to 58
MEXICO CITY (AP) – The head of Mexico’s civil defense agency says the death toll from the magnitude 8.1 earthquake has risen to 58.
Luis Felipe Puente says officials have confirmed 45 dead in the southern state of Oaxaca, the hardest-hit by the temblor.
Another 10 people died in Chiapas and three more in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.
A massive eight-point-one magnitude earthquake struck off mexico’s southern coast overnight.
The quake toppled buildings and sent panicked people into the streets.
The U.S. geological survey said the quake hit off the state of Chiapas near the Guatemalan border.
The quake caused buildings to sway in the capital mexico city, more than 650 miles away, though no major damage was reported there.
Some of the worst damage is in the town of Juchitan in southern mexico.
Many buildings collapsed or were damaged.
Nearly two million people lost power after the quake, and authorities closed schools in at least eleven states.