At least 61 people d*e after 8.1 earthquake hit southwestern Mexico

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A violent earthquake of magnitude 8.1 was recorded in southern Mexico, Friday, and have caused at least 61 deaths.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located about 100 kilometers off the coast of Chiapas State near Guatemala, at a depth of 69 kilometers in the earth’s crust, according to the Institute of Geological Studies of the States -United.

The record could increase over the hours, according to Mexican civil protection director Ricardo de la Cruz, who reported that many houses “collapsed with people inside.”

The shock was felt until Mexico City, where the buildings shook. Hundreds of people have rushed out of the street, often in pajamas, after a seismic alert has been triggered by the National Disaster Prevention Center, which warns the population in the event of an imminent earthquake.

Mexico is located on a meeting point between five tectonic plates and records a strong seismic activity.

The Institute of Geological Studies of the United States reported six earthquake replicas of magnitude from 4.5 to 5.7 following the earthquake.

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