8.1 earthquake strikes off southern Mexico

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8.1 earthquake strikes off southern Mexico

8.1 earthquake strikes off southern Mexico

Mexico's most powerful earthquake in a century has killed at least 34 people, destroyed homes and sent panicked families fleeing into the streets, according to officials.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported the magnitude of the earthquake that hit southern Mexico late on Thursday as 8.1, but President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Friday it was 8.2, making it the largest in Mexico in 100 years.

He also said it was bigger than the one in 1985 when thousands were killed in four Mexican states.

The tremor's epicentre was 123km southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 70km, according to USGS.

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