More than 100 dead after 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Mexico

At least 149 people are dead after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked central Mexico Tuesday afternoon, hitting on the 32nd anniversary of the biggest earthquake to ever strike the country’s capital.

SLIDESHOW: Slideshow: Mexico City rocked by 7.1 magnitude earthquake


The earthquake caused extensive damage to Mexico City, leveling at least 27 buildings, including homes, schools and office buildings, according to President Enrique Pena Nieto, who did a flyover of the city Tuesday afternoon. At least two children were trapped under rubble at the entrance of a school in Mexico City, according to local reports. Neighbors and volunteers were working to free them.

Meanwhile, the city’s airport descended into chaos as the ground rippled and chunks of plaster fell from the walls, Dallas resident George Smallwood told ABC News. “I felt the ground shaking, and I heard everyone screaming and starting to run,” he said, adding that at first, he thought he was in the middle of a terror attack.

Tuesday’s earthquake comes 11 days after an 8.1 magnitude quake struck off Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, killing dozens of people.

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People look for possible victims after walls of a building collapsed during a quake in Mexico City, Sept. 19, 2017.
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Rescuers carry on a stretcher a person wounded during a quake in Mexico City, Sept. 19, 2017.
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People react as a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico City on September 19, 2017. An earthquake drill was being held in the capital at the time that today’s quake struck.

Tuesday’s earthquake hit at about 2:14 p.m. ET near the town of Raboso in Puebla state, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The deaths occurred in Mexico City, and the states of Morelos, Puebla and Mexico, said Carlos Valdes, director of Mexico’s National Center for Prevention of Disasters. Preliminary numbers show about 3.8 million customers are without…

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