Earthquake in Mexico – level 3

13-09-2017 15:00

A huge 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit off of Mexico’s southern coast in the Pacific Ocean at night last Thursday. Residents were forced out into the streets as buildings swayed violently for up to a minute. Severe damage was reported in Oaxaca and Chiapas states as buildings fell apart.

The death toll continues to rise and a tsunami warning was issued in the wake of what the country’s president described as Mexico’s strongest quake in a century.

Difficult words: sway (move), death toll (the number of dead people), in the wake of (following something, especially as a consequence).

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