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Mexico quake death toll rises to 61

MNA International Desk: Police, soldiers and emergency workers raced Friday to rescue survivors from the ruins of Mexico’s most powerful earth quake in a century, which killed at least 61 people.

In the southern region hit hardest by the quake, emergency workers looked for survivors — or bodies — in the rubble of houses, churches and schools that were split down the middle, spilling their innards onto the ground.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said 45 people were killed in Oaxaca, 12 in Chiapas and four in Tabasco.

But the death toll could be over 80, according to higher figures reported by state officials. And authorities warned another massive quake could follow within 24 hours of the first hit, reported news agency.

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