Mexico: 61 dead, 428 homes destroyed in strongest earthquake in century
At least 61 people were reported dead in one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the Mexico's southern coast.
Powerful earthquake toppled hundreds of buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night.
The quake that hit minutes before midnight Thursday was strong enough to cause buildings to sway violently in the capital city more than 650 miles (1,000 kilometers) away.
The furious shaking created a second national emergency for Mexican agencies already bracing for Hurricane Katia on the other side of the country.
Families were jerked awake by the grating howl of the capital's seismic alarm. Some shouted as they dashed out of rocking apartment buildings.
The worst-hit city was Juchitan, on the narrow waist of Oaxaca known as the Isthmus, where 36 quake victims died.
About half of Juchitan's city hall collapsed in a pile of rubble and streets were littered with the debris of ruined houses.
President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday evening in a televised address that 61 people were killed - 45 in Oaxaca state, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco - and he declared three days of national mourning.
The president said authorities were working to re-establish the supply of water and food and provide medical attention to those who need it.
Part of a bridge on a highway being built to the site of Mexico City's planned new international airport collapsed due to the earthquake, local media reported.
The Interior Department reported that 428 homes were destroyed and 1,700 were damaged in various cities and towns in Chiapas.