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Powerful Earthquake Shakes Southern Mexico

2017-09-09

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  • One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to hit Mexico shook the southern part of the country Thursday night.
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  • Mexican officials said Friday at least 32 people had died.
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  • The 8.2-magnitude earthquake was stronger than the 1985 quake that killed thousands and destroyed large parts of Mexico City.
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  • Hundreds of buildings collapsed or were damaged. Smaller quakes have followed.
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  • Officials closed schools Friday in at least 11 states to check them for safety.
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  • The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chiapas state.
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  • It was near the point of collision between three tectonic plates, the Cocos, the Caribbean and the North American.​
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  • The USGS said the quake struck at 11:49 p.m. local time Thursday.
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  • Rodrigo Soberanes, who lives near San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, told the Associated Press that his "house moved like chewing gum."
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  • The quake caused buildings to move violently in Mexico’s capital more than 1,000 kilometers away.
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  • In neighboring Guatemala, President Jimmy Morales spoke on national television to call for calm while emergency crews checked for damage.
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  • “We have reports of some damage and the death of one person, even though we still don’t have details,” Morales said.
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