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Tsunami

Updated at 11 p.m. ET

The most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in decades struck late Thursday off the country's southern coast and could be felt hundreds of miles away in the capital. The 8.1 magnitude temblor is blamed for killing at least 60 people.

The quake triggered fears of a tsunami, although no major damage was reported. The event came as the country already was bracing for Hurricane Katia, which made landfall Saturday night in the state of Veracruz as a Category 2 storm.

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One year ago Dallas’ Friendship City of Sendai, Japan, was counting the hundreds who were dead or missing. A ferocious earthquake and tsunami had demolished neighborhoods and swept away lives.

KERA broadcast letters from the people of Sendai as they struggled to recover. Today they’ve sent messages of thanks to North Texas through the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth. Tami Ishii joins KERA’s Shelley Kofler for this report.

A year ago Sunday the world shuddered as an earthquake and tsunami destroyed villages and lives in Japan. In the aftermath some 100,000 children were uprooted from their homes, some orphaned and traumatized.

KERA told you about the Japanese who came to Texas to learn how grief counseling might be used to help the children. Shelley Kofler has an update on how that trip is about to pay off.