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8.1 quake rocks Mexico, deaths reported

News agencies are reporting that about one million people are without power after the enormous quake.
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An earthquake of 8.1 magnitude caused extensive damage in southern Mexico Thursday evening. Currently, 15 people have been killed reports say.

The quake struck just before 10 pm Pacific time and was centered about 60 miles southwest of Pijijiapan in the state of Chiapas.

People as far as 600 miles away in Mexico City felt the quake, Mexican authorities have confirmed 15 have died including two children in Tabasco.

Governor of Tabasco, Arturo Nunez, says that one child casualty resulted when a wall collapsed, the other during a power outage at a hospital which turned off the baby’s ventilator.  

The other three deaths happened in San Cristobal de las Casas and the other 10 in Oaxaca State. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Tsunami alert, predicting that waves could reach as high as nine feet along some of the Mexican coast.

"Tsunami waves reaching more than 3 meters above the tide level are possible along some coasts of Mexico," the alert from NOAA/NWS said.

Towns in the Chiapas state have been evacuated due to the alert.

News agencies are reporting that about one million people are without power after the disaster.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said this quake was the strongest the country has seen in nearly a century. 

A similar quake struck the country in 1932 which killed about 400 people. an aftershock 19 days later brought with it a large tsunami which obliterated the port of Manzanillo, killing 75 people.

The disaster on Thursday was an 8.1 event as well.