More than 240 dead by the powerful earthquake in center of Mexico.
About 250 people – including at least 20 children – were killed in a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 that shook central Mexico on Tuesday.
National Coordinator of Civil Protection of the Ministry of the Interior, Luis Felipe Puente, has been updating the number of victims in his Twitter account.
The earthquake occurred at 13:14 local time (18:14 GMT) with epicenter outside Axochiapan, state of Morelos, 120 kilometers from Mexico City.
There has also been widespread damage in the states of Morelos and Puebla and in the state of Mexico.
At least 21 children die in a school that collapsed in the earthquake that struck central Mexico
The quake coincided with the 32nd anniversary of the devastating earthquake that left thousands dead in 1985 on Mexican soil – many of them in the capital – and came about an hour after a major earthquake simulated across the country.
The country is prone to earthquakes and earlier this month a quake of magnitude 8.1 in the south left at least 90 dead.
The mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera, reported Tuesday that at least 44 buildings in the Mexican capital suffered major damage.
Among them is the school Enrique Rébsamen, in the south of Mexico City, which collapsed, dying at least 21 children and several adults.
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The first images of Mexico City after the earthquake that shook the center of the country.
Different state authorities report 226 deaths:
Mexico City: 117
State of Mexico: 12
About two million people in the capital were without electricity and telephone lines were collapsing. Officials also warned residents not to smoke in the streets, as the gas pipes could have been broken.
In Morelos state, where the epicenter of the earthquake was, the government reported the fall of buildings in the capital Cuernavaca and several neighboring municipalities.
Earthquake alarms sounded, but some residents apparently thought they were part of the day of the drill that coincided with the 32nd anniversary of the earthquake that claimed the lives of 10,000 people.
The capital of Mexico is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, with more than 20 million people living in the metropolitan area.
Juan Paullier, World correspondent in Mexico City
The capital of Mexico is a city accustomed to earthquakes. But the one of this noon felt of special form. The earthquake drew thousands of people into the streets. Many trembled, wept and thanked.
For them, it was nothing but a big fright. But reports of casualties begin to pile up. In Rome colony, one of the most affected, dozens of people desperately removed debris. Part of a building collapsed and they thought people were trapped.
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Panic, tension, and stress were inevitable. With the telephone lines collapsed, the anguish was multiplying. The Mexican capital was hit and shaken by an earthquake.
There are dozens of buildings collapsed and there are gas leaks.
Firefighters in Mexico City reported several fires and authorities asked citizens to verify structural damage in their homes, also to avoid smoking in case of gas leaks.
There are also reports of collapsed buildings in the Colonia Condesa, as well as fallen fences in the Roma colony.
The earthquake of Tuesday was felt in the capital with much more force than the one of magnitude 8,2 that left 98 dead in the south of the country last 14 of September.