Lexington local says family experiences quake in Mexico

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At least 32 people are reported dead in Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco after the 8.4-magnitude natural disaster that struck last night at 11:49pm and continued for a minute and a half.

"It's 71 (dead). Just for Oaxaca", said Jesus Gonzalez, a spokesman for the state civil protection authority, told Reuters.

The interior department in neighboring Puebla state evacuated 1,500 people to storm shelters as a preventative measures, but reported no serious damage or deaths. But they warned that those figures remain preliminary.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is a possibility of widespread and risky waves on the coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Ecuador.

The furious shaking created a second national emergency for Mexican agencies already bracing for Hurricane Katia on the other side of the country.

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At least two people were killed in a mudslide in the wake of the hurricane, Veracruz Governor Miguel Angel Yunes said. Strong aftershocks continue to rattle the town, including a magnitude 5.2 jolt in the early morning.

He advised people to check their homes and offices for damage and gas leaks.

It was slightly stronger than the 1985 quake, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (2-R) addresses residents after an quake that struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Juchitan, Mexico, September 8, 2017.

At least two people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katia in Mexico, local authorities report.

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Tabasco Gov. Arturo Nunez said that one of the children died when a wall collapsed, and the other was a baby who died in a children's hospital that lost electricity, cutting off the supply to the infant's ventilator.

Rodrigo Soberanes, who lives near San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, the state nearest the epicentre, said his house "moved like chewing gum".

Residents of the Mexican capital fled into the streets, many in their pajamas, for fear buildings would collapse.

The epicenter of Thursday's quake was in the Pacific Ocean, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) off the town of Tonala in Chiapas.

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