Over 100 dead: Mexico earthquake death toll rises
More than 100 people have been killed after central Mexico was struck by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that destroyed dozens of buildings.
The central State of Morelos saw the most fatalities, with Governor Graco Ramirez saying that 54 have died.
Officials said at least 26 people died in the state of Puebla, where the epicenter of the quake was located.
At least 9 people were killed in the neighboring state of Mexico, Governor Alfredo Del Mazo said as quoted by Reuters, while Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Mancera reported at least four people killed in the city.
Thousands of people were seen fleeing their shaking houses.
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Videos and pictures are being posted online from Mexico City, capturing the tremors and crowds in the streets.
A civil protection official told local TV that the earthquake has led to fires in buildings across the City of Mexico, with some people trapped inside.
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Computer monitors toppled over, pictures fell off walls and other objects were shaking in the Mexican capital, witnesses said, adding that some office workers hid under their desks.
The quake has caused serious damage in Mexico City, with images of collapsed facades of buildings and streets filled with debris appearing online.
The Tuesday’s quake hit just hours after many in the country took part in earthquake drills, held on the anniversary of the devastating 1985 quake, which killed more than 5,000 people in Mexico City.
Mexico City is situated on a former lakebed, a location that magnifies the effect of earthquakes even if they are located hundreds of miles away.