Death toll in Mexican quake rises to 32

Damages caused by an earthquake that hit Chiapas Mexico

A magnitude 8.1 quake struck off the southern coast of Mexico early Friday - raising fears of a tsunami and causing at least two dozen deaths, according to reports.

At magnitude 8.1, as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake is said to be the most powerful to strike Mexico in 100 years.

Terrifying footage has emerged showing the destruction caused by the huge 8.1 magnitude natural disaster which struck off the coast of Chiapas in southern Mexico.

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto said that at least a million people were left without electricity after the magnitude 8.1 quake.

The worst-hit area appears to be the state of Oaxaca, where there has been reported to have been 20 deaths, while other casualties come from the Tabasco area. In 1985, a magnitude 8.0 quake struck the capital, killing thousands of people and damaging thousands of buildings. Several aftershocks of between 4 and 6 magnitude have hit the region since.

Oaxaca state Gov. Alejandro Murat told local news media Friday that at least 23 people in his state died.

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Two children were reported dead by The Associated Press in Tabasco, the state just north of Chiapas.

Meanwhile, U.S. forecasters said "hazardous" tsunami waves of more than nine feet above the tide level were possible along the Mexican coast. "I would expect damage along the coast of Chiapas".

Education Secretary Aurelio Nuño Mayer announced that classes had been suspended in 11 of the country's 31 states and in Mexico City to assess the damage at schools. At least five deaths have been confirmed in Mexico, with the death toll expected to rise.

An estimated 50 million people across the country felt the natural disaster.

While on the other hand, hurricane Katrina has strengthened as it heads to the east coast of the country and is now 185 miles east of Mexico.

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