A rattled Mexico starts to pick up the pieces after deadly natural disaster

Location of the 8.1 magnitude earthquake which struck Mexico

The magnitude-8.1 quake was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City.

The epicentre was roughly 87 km off the southern coast of Mexico, where an enormous slab of rock, known as the Cocos tectonic plate, is driving towards the coast at a rate of 75mm per year. The quake shook a large swath of the country and was felt as far north as Mexico City.

Its epicenter was off the coast of Chiapas, said the United States Geological Survey.

The man's body was found in a collapsed passageway between city hall offices and a market in the southern city of Juchitan, the city hit hardest by Thursday night's quake.

The Hurricane Center said Katia could still bring 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 centimetres) of additional rain to a region with a history of deadly mudslides and flooding.

Details remain sketchy this morning but Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa said 17 people died in Juchitán in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

In Juchitan alone, thousands of houses collapsed, the town's authorities said.

Part of a bridge on a highway being built to the site of Mexico City's planned new worldwide airport collapsed due to the natural disaster, local media reported.

"But we are certain that the power of unity, the power of solidarity and the power of shared responsibility will be greater".

Juchitan
A soldier looks on as housewives stand in line for rations and water in Juchitan

In Tabasco, two children were among the dead.

There were several tsunamis that were triggered by the quake, but none were expected to cause much damage. "Homes, schools and hospitals have been affected".

Economic losses from infrastructure damage is likely to be in the billions, it was reported.

In neighbouring Guatemala, President Jimmy Morales spoke on national television to call for calm while emergency crews checked for damage.

Katia made landfall north of Tecolutla, Mexico late Friday as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph).

Yunes said Saturday that there were no other reports of major damage, though he said some rivers had risen to near flood stage.

Katia was lashing the state of Veracruz, which borders the Gulf of Mexico, as well as parts of Hidalgo and Puebla.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said tsunami waves had been detected but on Friday night U.S. time they confirmed that the "threat had now passed".

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