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A powerful earthquake struck off the Pacific Coast of Mexico late Thursday, shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City .The quake, measured at 8.1 by the US Geological Survey but higher by Mexico, struck in the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan.Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said some 50 million Mexicans would have felt the tremor.The earthquake described as the country’s strongest in a century  struck off the southern coast, killing at least six people with the toll expected to rise.Severe damage was reported in southern Mexico and in western Guatemala.At magnitude 8.1, the quake outstrips the deadly 1985 tremor that hit                                                                                                                      close to Mexico City and caused thousands of deaths.Five aftershocks with a preliminary magnitude 4.9 or stronger hit in the hour following the initial quake, the United States Geological Survey said. A tsunami with the largest wave measuring less than four feet was recorded on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

 

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