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A huge rescue operation was under way in the worst-hit states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas where people are feared trapped under the rubble, BBC reported.

Puente said in a radio interview that those three southern Pacific states near the epicenter were the most affected. "Widespread destruction has been caused by the quake and about 1.85 million affected people are living under harsh conditions with no electricity and shortage of water", President Nieto said.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, has declared three days of national mourning after the strongest natural disaster measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale struck off the country in a century that left at least 61 people dead.

The 8.2-magnitude quake, which hit the nation's Pacific Coast late on Thursday, was felt by about 50 million people across the country.

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One of the deadliest natural disaster experienced by Mexico in over 8 decades.

One of the worst hit towns was Juchitán, in Oaxaca, where at least 17 deaths were reported. The town hall and a number of other buildings were destroyed or badly damaged. The last major natural disaster to have shaken up Mexico was the 1985 tremor, which has resulted in the death of thousands of people.

While President Yameen had wished the ongoing relief efforts success, the Mexican government reported that at least 61 people have been killed in the disaster.

Reportedly this quake did not cause as much damage as the 1985 tremors as it hit less populated areas while the 1985 tremor hit close to Mexico City.

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Thousands of people were evacuated in the coasts of Chiapas, where tsunami warnings were triggered, which was later lifted.

Throughout Friday, the region was shaken with scores of aftershocks.

The natural disaster of magnitude 8.1 quake, which was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City, was also registered off Mexico's southern coast just as heavy rains from Hurricane Katia lashed the east.

A video of the quake lights was captured by a witness - capturing a unusual, little-understood phenomenon.

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