Earthquake Strikes Near Mexico City

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A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, toppling buildings, rattling the capital and sending people flooding into the streets for the second time in just two weeks.

More than 100 people have been reported killed across the country, including 42 in the state of Morelos, close to the epicenter of the quake, and 30 here in Mexico City.

But the figure is expected to climb, especially because rescuers were still frantically digging out people trapped beneath mounds of rubble.

The earthquake hit shortly after 1 p.m. about 100 miles from Mexico City. It registered a preliminary magnitude of 7.1, causing heavy and prolonged shaking in the capital.

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More than 40 buildings and other structures in Mexico City collapsed, including at least two schools, officials said, crushing cars and trapping some people inside.

Emergency workers and ordinary citizens raced to the site of downed office and appartment buildings, lifting rubble with their hands in an attempt to free anyone stuck underneath.

Source: New York Times


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