An 8.1-magnitutde earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, killing at least 26 people, and triggering small tsunami waves.
Authorities raised the number of fatalities on Friday morning after 20 people were found dead in the southern state of Oaxaca, Reuters reported.
Oaxaca governor Alejandro Murat said 17 of the 20 fatalities were in Juchitan, a town on Mexico’s Tehuantepec isthmus.
The quake was apparently stronger than a devastating 1985 tremor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands, but this time damage to the city was limited.
A number of buildings suffered severe damage in parts of southern Mexico. Some of the worst initial reports came from Juchitan in Oaxaca state, where sections of the town hall, a hotel, a bar and other buildings were reduced to rubble.
Rescue workers labored through the night in badly affected areas to check for people trapped in