Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to hit Mexico was followed by a Gulf coast hurricane, dealing a one-two punch to the country, killing at least 61 people as workers scrambled to respond to the twin national emergencies.

The 8.1 quake off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday toppled hundreds of buildings in several states. Hardest-hit was Juchitan, Oaxaca, where 36 people died and a third of the city’s homes collapsed or were uninhabitable, President Enrique Pena Nieto said late Friday in an interview with the Televisa news network.

In downtown Juchitan, the remains of brick walls and clay tile roofs cluttered streets as families dragged mattresses onto sidewalks to spend a second anxious night sleeping outdoors. Some were newly homeless, while others feared further aftershocks could topple their cracked adobe dwellings.

Pena Nieto announced that the earthquake killed 45 people in Oaxaca state, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco, and he declared three days of national mourning. (AP)

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Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

Men walk across the bridge that connects Juchitan to Union Hidalgo in Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. While the bridge survived Thursday’s magnitude 8.1 earthquake, the road leading up to each side fissured and the supporting walls buckled. Wary of using the bridge, taxis are now waiting on either side to ferry passengers, who cross the bridge on foot. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A view of a partially collapsed hotel in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country’s southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings, triggering tsunami evacuations and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night. At least 35 people were reported killed.(AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

An altar to the Virgin of Guadalupe is covered with fallen debris inside the earth-damaged home where Larissa Garcia, 24, lived with her family in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The family was caught under rubble when the house partially collapsed, leaving Garcia with a broken arm and her father with a head injury. Her mother, who had to be pulled out from underneath a foot-thick section of wall which collapsed on her back, remains in a wheelchair and unable to walk. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

Relatives of 38-year-old earthquake victim policeman Juan Jimenez Regalado weep during his funeral in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sunday Sept. 10, 2017. Thursday’s 8.1 magnitude earthquake destroyed a large part of Juchitan and killed at least 37 people, even as officials on Sunday raised the nationwide death toll to 90.(AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

Evacuated patients lie on their hospital beds shaded by a tree, in the aftermath of a massive earthquake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico hit off its southern Pacific coast, killing at least 32 people, toppling houses, government offices and businesses. (AP Photo/Luis Alberto Cruz)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A young woman laughs as she talks with neighbors from her makeshift bed on the street outside her earthquake damaged home in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The 8.1 quake off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday toppled hundreds of buildings in several states. Hardest-hit was Juchitan, where a third of the city’s homes collapsed or were uninhabitable. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A soldier looks on as housewives stand in line for rations and water in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, a zone heavily affected by Thursday’s magnitude 8.1 earthquake, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The boxes contained a mix of common Mexican household dried goods, including beans, corn flour, rice, powdered milk, tuna, hot chocolate, and and either jalapeno peppers or spicy sauce. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

Musicians stand in front of tombs as they play during the burial of 64-year-old Reynalda Matus inside Miercoles Santo Cemetery, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. Matus was killed when the pharmacy where she worked nights collapsed during Thursday’s massive earthquake. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

San Vicente church stands heavily damaged after Thursday’s magnitude 8.1 earthquake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. In the quake-shocked city of Juchitan, a third of the homes are reported uninhabitable and repeated aftershocks have scared people away from many structures still standing. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

Soldiers remove debris from a partly collapsed municipal building felled by a massive earthquake in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico has hit off its southern Pacific coast, killing at least 32 people, toppling houses, government offices and businesses. (AP Photo/Luis Alberto Cruz)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A man recovers bricks from a building destroyed in Thursday’s magnitude 8.1 earthquake, in Union Hidalgo, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Mexico’s government is distributing food to jittery survivors of an earthquake while residents have continued to sleep outside, fearful of more collapses and aftershocks. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

An earthquake of magnitude 8.1 struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, killing at least five people, triggering small tsunami waves and damaging some buildings. (Reuters)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

Soldiers with specially trained dogs search for survivors amid the ruins of buildings knocked down Thursday night by a 8.1-magnitude quake, in Juchitan de Zaragoza, Mexico, on Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A resident rests at a shelter after an earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Juchitan, Mexico, Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A couple embraces on Sept. 8, 2017 in Juchitan de Zaragoza, state of Oaxaca, where buildings collapsed after an 8.2 earthquake that hit Mexico’s Pacific coast overnight. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

View of damages at the Church of San Vicente Ferrer following an 8.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico’s Pacific coast, in Juchitan de Zaragoza, state of Oaxaca on Sept . 8, 2017. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

Soldiers work to remove the debris of a house destroyed in an earthquake that struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Juchitan, Mexico, Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

Members of the “Topos” (Moles), a specialized rescue team, search for survivors following the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico’s Pacific coast, in Juchitan de Zaragoza, state of Oaxaca on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

View of damage caused in Juchitan de Zaragoza, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, on Sept. 8, 2017, where buildings collapsed after an 8.2 earthquake that hit Mexico’s Pacific coast overnight. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A resident walks near debris on a street after an earthquake that struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Juchitan, Mexico, Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A soldier walks by a partially collapsed structure in the town of Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

The coffin of 85-year-old Casimiro Rey, one of the victims of an 8.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico’s Pacific coast overnight, is prepared for burial during his funeral on Sept. 8, 2017 in Juchitan de Zaragoza, state of Oaxaca. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

Earthquake rocks Mexico

View of damages caused by the earthquake, which mainly hit Mexico, in Tacana municipality, San Marcos departament, in the border with Mexico, 320 km from Guatemala City, on Sept.8, 2017. (Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)

Earthquake rocks Mexico

View of damages caused by the earthquake, which mainly hit Mexico, in Tacana municipality, San Marcos departament, in the border with Mexico, 320 km from Guatemala City, on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A church is seen damaged after a 8,2 earthquake in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Earthquake rocks Mexico

A vendor reads a newspaper on the streets of Mexico City on Sept. 8, 2017 after the country was hit with a powerful earthquake. (Photo: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Earthquake rocks Mexico

View of damages caused by the earthquake, which mainly hit Mexico, in Tacana municipality, San Marcos departament, in the border with Mexico, 320 km from Guatemala City, on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A house is seen damaged after a 8,2 earthquake in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A damaged wall and a smashed vehicle are pictured after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A house is seen damaged after a 8,2 earthquake in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A boy takes pictures of a knocked down building at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

People react on a street in downtown Mexico City during an earthquake, on September 7, 2017.
An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 struck southern Mexico late Thursday and was felt as far away as Mexico City, the US Geological Survey said, issuing a tsunami warning. It hit offshore 120 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of the town of Tres Picos in the state of Chiapas. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

Damage caused an earthquake is seen in the Port of Veracruz on September 7, 2017. (Victoria Razo/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

People gather on a street in downtown Mexico City during an earthquake on September 7, 2017.
An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 struck southern Mexico late Thursday and was felt as far away as Mexico City, the US Geological Survey said, issuing a tsunami warning. It hit offshore 120 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of the town of Tres Picos in the state of Chiapas. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

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