49 Died As Powerful Earthquake Rocks Mexico

At least 49 people have been reported dead after a powerful,
7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico on Tuesday, toppling
buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of
a devastating 1985 temblor.
The preliminary toll from the authorities looked certain to rise,
however, as it covered only regions close to Mexico City but
not the capital itself, where 20 million people live.
In Mexico City, emergency crews and hundreds of volunteers
were digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings looking
for survivors and bodies.

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Georgina Sanchez, 52, sobbed to AFP in a plaza in the
“I’m so worried. I can’t stop crying.
It’s the same nightmare as in 1985,”
Lazaro Frutis, a 45-year-old who escaped an office building
before it crumpled to the ground said;
“We ran outside thinking all was going
to collapse around us,”
“The worst thing is, we don’t know
about our families or anything.”
The quake — which occurred in the early afternoon, hours
after city authorities had conducted an earthquake drill —
caused most of its damage in the center and south of the
sprawling city.
Several buildings were reduced to debris and cars were
flattened by falling masonry.
Scenes of chaos permeated the city, with traffic jammed to a
standstill and anxious people running between the vehicles, as
ambulances tried to make headway, sirens squealing.
Emergency officials warned people in the streets to avoid
smoking because of the risk of igniting gas leaking from
ruptured pipes.

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