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Dozens dead in Mexico's strongest quake in 85 years

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Saturday, September 9, 2017, 12:22 PM - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says the country will be under three days of mourning after a powerful earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Mexico Thursday night killed at least 65 people.

The United States Geological Survey rated the quake at Magnitude 8.1, at a depth of 69.7 km, a moderately shallow depth that limited the shaking somewhat. It struck at sea 87 km away from the town of Pijijiapan in the southeastern state of Chiapas.

At last report, the number of people injured stood at more than 200, while rescuers continued to comb the rubble for survivors.

Nieto told media it was the strongest earthquake the country had experienced in 85 years. The quake's magnitude was similar to the 1985 tremor that struck central Mexico and killed nearly 10,000 people.

Bloomberg News says multiple buildings toppled, and Mexican TV and social media carried images of rubble and damaged buildings.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that two people were killed in a mudslide sparked by now dissipated Hurricane Katia on Saturday.

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The recent quake struck as Katia churned in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall in the early morning hours of Saturday, but rapidly lost strength and is no longer a tropical storm.

Nevertheless, Katia's remnants, which are moving through central Mexico, are expected to bring rainfall of up to 150 mm through the weekend, locally higher in some areas.

"This rainfall will continue the risk of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain," the U.S. National Hurricane Center says.

Nieto tweeted on Sunday that the country's Federal Electricity Commission has restored power to 99% of customers effected by the quake.

Photos of the widespread damage below: 

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