Mexico’s earthquake death toll has ticked up to 90 after the monstrous quake hit the country Thursday.
The magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off Mexico’s southern coast in the middle of the night while many were asleep. Aftershocks have continued to resonate in the country, at least half a dozen at a 5.0 magnitude or more.
Mexico suffered an earthquake of similar magnitude over three decades ago in 1985. An 8.0 magnitude hit within 200 miles of Mexico City and resulted in thousands of deaths while flattening whole sections of the city.
Thursday’s earthquake, while greater in magnitude, hasn’t approached the level of life lost in 1985, Reuters reports.
Juchitan, a town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, fared the worst of any area in Mexico. The quake leveled a significant part of the community, including the town hall and a church.
Many of the town’s residents have refused to go inside the buildings left standing because of extensive damage and aftershocks continuing to shake the community as late as Sunday.
“It was brutal, brutal. It was like a monster, like a train was passing over our roofs,” on Juchitan resident told Reuters about the moment the earthquake struck.
“We went to buy a coffin, but there aren’t any because there are so many bodies,” another said as they sat next to a sheet-covered body.
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