Mormon church expresses sorrow, support in wake of massive Mexican quake

Earthquake in Mexico

A massive 8.1-magnitude quake hit off Mexico's southern coast late Thursday, toppling houses in Chiapas state, causing at least five deaths and causing tsunami waves, officials said Friday. With a magnitude of 8.4, the Chiapas quake is the strongest natural disaster to have hit Mexico in over a hundred years.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said in a news conference Friday that the quake was the strongest to hit the nation in a century - and that 50 million Mexicans felt shaking.

President Enrique Peña Nieto offered his condolences to the families affected and said that 50 million people across the country had felt the tremor.

At least 58 people are dead in the states of Oaxava, Chiapas and Tabasco, with the death toll expected to rise, according to the Associated Press.

Green light flashes: Yahoo News reported that mysterious green and blue flashes lit up the sky outside of Mexico City following the natural disaster.

Mexico earthquake
REUTERS FLEEING People have said they fled their homes as the earthquake struck

"We confirm approximately 20 deaths", Oaxaca state governor Alejandro Murat said, as quoted by W Radio. Several aftershocks of between 4 and 6 magnitude have hit the region since.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially estimated the magnitude at 8.0 before revising it to 8.1 The Mexican Seismological Agency rated it at magnitude 8.4.

According to a report by the BBC, close to six people were killed and one person died in Guatemala. President Nieto has declared a day of mourning, and flags would fly high at most, out of respect for the people we have lost in this unforeseen tragedy.

Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco said the 8.1 magnitude quake was the strongest on record in state history, topping a magnitude 7.9 quake in 1902. All the people ran out from the houses on to the streets after the quake.

The quake struck as Hurricane Katia continues to churn in the warm waters of Gulf of Mexico.

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