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    Mexico Mourns Earthquake Victims

    Survivors held funerals today after Friday’s 8.1 magnitude earthquake off of Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, which killed at least 65 people. In hard-hit Juchitán, residents slept on mattresses amid fallen bricks and clay roof tiles as aftershocks rattled the area. The temblor was the nation’s strongest in a century, panicking residents 650 miles away in Mexico City as it shook the metropolis and stirred memories of the 1985 quake that killed thousands. Meanwhile, the weakened remnant of Hurricane Katia hit Mexico’s Gulf Coast, causing a mudslide that killed two as three days of national mourning began.

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