Mexico natural disaster death toll 61 as rescue efforts begin

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Pakistan on Saturday offered condolences over loss of lives and damages caused by a massive natural disaster in Mexico.

According to an official, the natural disaster was stronger than the 8.0-magnitude quake of 1985 that killed at least 10,000 people and destroyed a large part of Mexico City.

According to the President, Mexico was faced with the strongest registered in the country over at least the last 100 years natural disaster, noted by the media.

Mexico's seismology service estimated it at 8.2 magnitude while the US Geological Survey put it at 8.1 - the same as in 1985, the quake-prone country's most destructive ever.

Nieto has declared a day of mourning, saying flags would fly at half mast out of respect for the dead and bereaved.

National Civil Protection Coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente, confirmed on Twitter that 45 people died in Oaxaca state, 10 in Chiapas and three in Tabasco state.

Pena Nieto toured the hardest-hit city, Juchitan in Oaxaca, where at least 36 bodies were pulled from the ruins. The town hall and a number of other buildings were destroyed or badly damaged.

Multiple aftershocks were recorded in the region
Multiple aftershocks were recorded in the region

At least one person was killed in Guatemala, its President said.

Soldiers work to remove the debris of a house destroyed in an quake that struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Juchitan, Mexico, September 8, 2017. The warning was later lifted.

Pope Francis, addressing an open air Mass on a visit to Colombia, said he was praying "for those who have lost their lives and their families".

The quake also plunged many Cities into darkness as electricity was cut, and many Schools were forced to shut down.

Videos on social media showed significant tremors in various parts of the country, as well as major damage to buildings and infrastructure.

A video of the quake lights was captured by a witness - capturing a odd, little-understood phenomenon.

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