8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico

Toll from deadly Mexico quake rises

The 8.1 magnitude quake late on Thursday (local time) was stronger than a devastating 1985 temblor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands.

This time damage to the city was limited as the quake was deeper and further from the capital.

Elsewhere in the country, the quake tore through buildings, forced mass evacuations and triggered alerts as far away as Southeast Asia.

"It almost knocked me over," said Gildardo Arenas Rios, a 64-year-old security guard in Mexico City's Juarez neighborhood, who was making his rounds when buildings began moving.

Tsunami alert for Pacific now over

The warning was issued following a 8.1 magnitude earthquake on the southeast coast of Mexico which has killed at least 32 people.

However, the Hawai'i based centre says people near coastal areas should still stay alert and exercise normal caution near the sea.



Photo: Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre The earthquake struck near the coast of Chiapas, in southern Mexico.