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Mexico Earthquake 2017 Victims

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8.2 magnatude earthquake struck off Mexico's Pacific coast

At least 58 people have died as a result of an 8.2-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of Mexico. The quake struck just minutes before midnight on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, according to multiple news sources.

The tremblor was felt across a wide geographic area. 45 people died in the southern state of Oaxaca, 10 people died in Chiapas, located next to Guatemala, and three in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco. The earthquake was felt in the capital, Mexico City, more than 650 miles from the epicenter.

The Washington Post compared it to the disastrous 1985 earthquake that killed approximately 5,000 people in Mexico City. The 2017 quake was twice as deep underground, helping to soften its impact.

Many buildings have been damaged or collapsed, and much of the region is without power.

The Dallas Morning News reported Texas governor Greg Abbott has pledged assistance from his state. Mexico has sent community and mobile kitchens to assist the flood victims in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

“Just as Mexico stood with Texas in our time of need, Texas will stand with Mexico and offer whatever aid and assistance we can to help them recover after this disaster. I ask all Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for the victims and the people of Mexico this morning,” Abbot said.

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