>> This is the moment it struck. A powerful earthquake hit Mexico late on Thursday that killed dozens of people, tore through buildings, forced massive evacuations, and triggered alerts as far away as Southeast Asia. Reuter's Mexico Bureau Chief Frank Jack Daniel is in Mexico City.>> Earthquake alarms sounded.
These are alarms which go off before the quake. In my case I was in bed, my family were in bed. We were awakened by the movement and quickly ran outside. The buildings were shaking very, very visibly. The quake lasted longer than they often do. It was probably a couple of minutes, which was even more disconcerting.
What was amazing really was that it wasn't more damage in Mexico City.>> But Oaxaca and Chiapas, which saw the most fatalities, were not as lucky. In Juchitan, scenes of devastation, the bodies pulled from the rubble. The 8.1 magnitude quake, the strongest to hit Mexico in over eight decades was more powerful than a devastating 1985 quake that flattened parts of Mexico City and killed thousands.
But this time, the quake's epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, just off the town of Pijijiapan in the southern state of Chiapas. Still, power went out for about a million people in the capital. At the International Airport, cracked floors, swaying monitors and broken windows. President Enrique Peña Nieto saying that more aftershocks are likely.