The most destructive natural disaster to hit the country to date was in 1985, when an 8.1 magnitude quake killed more than 10,000 people in the capital, Mexico City.
Mexico suffered its most powerful quake in almost a century late Thursday, which left at least 32 people dead and sent violent tremors throughout the region.
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Mexico's civil protection agency said it was the strongest quake to hit the country since a devastating 1985 tremor that toppled buildings and killed thousands. Aftershocks are expected in the coming hourswith Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto stating that there have been more than 60 so far. The quake's magnitude was similar to the 1985 tremor that struck central Mexico and killed several thousand people.
The worst-hit city was Juchitan, on the narrow waist of Oaxaca known as the Isthmus, where 36 quake victims died. The Associated Press reported that five people were killed, including two children in Tabasco state.
The USGS says there have been more than thirty aftershocks, ranging from 4.2 to 5.7 in magnitude. Tsunami waves taller than 10 feet could reach the coast of Mexico, with smaller waves reaching Ecuador, Vanuatu and New Zealand.
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People gather on a street in downtown Mexico City. At least one person also died in Guatemala. The U.S. Geological Survey puts both at 8.1 while, though the Mexican seismologists calculate them at 8.2. Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco said roofs across the country had collapsed, and homes, schools, and hospitals were affected by the quake.
An estimated 50 million people across the country felt the quake.
And the country faces the prospect of Hurricane Katia hitting in a few days.
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