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Mexico to observe 3 days of mourning, deaths after Hurricane Katia hits

Staff Writer | September 9, 2017
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has ordered three days of mourning in the aftermath of the most powerful earthquake to hit the country in a century.
Hurricane Katia
Nature   Nearly 2 million people were left in the darkness
Nieto made the declaration after visiting the town of Juchitán late Friday, where the quake hit hardest.

The earthquake, measured by the U.S. Geological Survey at a magnitude of 8.1, has so far killed at least 61 people, authorities said. Some news outlets reported a few additional deaths.

Emergency crews have begun the recovery and cleanup effort, as the quake caused substantial damage in the southeastern part of the country - the same region that also absorbed a direct hit from Hurricane Katia, a Category 1 storm, late Friday. At least two people died in a mudslide linked to the storm.

Nearly 2 million people were left in the darkness without power following the quake, and schools in 11 states were closed as a safety measure.

Though seismic activity is common in Mexico, officials said Thursday's quake was the strongest to hit the country in 100 years.

At least two people were killed after Hurricane Katia crashed into the southern Mexican coast late Friday and early Saturday as a Category 1 storm, authorities said.

Katia, which had been swirling in the Gulf of Mexico for days, made landfall north of Tecolutla, the National Hurricane Center said -- bringing strong winds and heavy rain.

Two people were reported dead in a mudslide from the storm's effects, though the toll could rise.