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Death toll rising after huge earthquake in Mexico

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A monument surrounded by debris is cordoned off in the aftermath of an 8.1-magnitude earthquake in San Cristobal de Las Casas, state of Chiapas, Mexico, early Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. A monument surrounded by debris is cordoned off in the aftermath of an 8.1-magnitude earthquake in San Cristobal de Las Casas, state of Chiapas, Mexico, early Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
A general view of Mexico City after an earthquake, in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. A massive 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit off Mexico's coast just before midnight. A general view of Mexico City after an earthquake, in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. A massive 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit off Mexico's coast just before midnight.
MEXICO CITY (AP) -

The death toll from Mexico's massive earthquake has risen to 32 people.

The Associated Press is reporting Oaxaca state Gov. Alejandro Murat told local news media Friday that at least 23 people in his state died after the magnitude 8.1 quake that hit just before midnight. At least seven people died in the state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala and two others died in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

The force of the quake matches matches another that hit the country on June 3, 1932 about  300 miles west of Mexico City. A study by Mexico's National Seismological Service says that quake is believed to have killed about 400 people, causing severe damage around the port of Manzanillo.

A powerful aftershock that hit 19 days later caused a tsunami that devastated 15 miles of coastline, killing 75 people.

Both the Mexican and U.S. services have said Friday's quake matched the magnitude of the 1932 quake. The U.S. Geological Survey puts both at 8.1 while, though the Mexican seismologists calculate them at 8.2. It's common for different agencies to arrive at slightly different calculations of quake magnitude.

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