Up to 17 people from one town have been killed in the biggest Mexican earthquake for a century as the death toll from the disaster climbed to 26 today. The earthquake was felt across Mexico, toppling houses, shaking buildings in the country’s capital and leaving a million without power amid reports tremors were detected as a far away as Austin, Texas – more than 1,300 miles from the epicentre.

Terrified residents in Mexico City ran out into the streets after the quake struck, witnesses said. Tremors were the strongest in a hundred years, according to President Enrique Pena Nieto – greater even than a devastating earthquake in 1985 that hit the capital flattening swathes of the city and killing thousands. The quake struck at 11.49pm last night, 76 miles southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 43 miles with the tremors killing at least 17 in Juchitan, in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. READ MORE