Deadly 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Mexico, Kills Hundreds

Buildings fell at 44 locations in the capital alone.

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A magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook central Mexico on 19 September, killing over 200 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 1.14 pm (1815 GMT) and was centred near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometres) southeast of Mexico City.

Scores of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states.

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera reported that the buildings fell at 44 locations in the capital alone, as high-rises across the city swayed sickeningly.

The quake is the deadliest in Mexico since a 1985 quake on the same date killed thousands. It came less than two weeks after another powerful quake caused 90 deaths in the country's south.

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