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Mexico: Strong earthquake topples buildings, killing scores

Mexico: Strong earthquake topples buildings, killing scores

The strong quake was felt in the capital, Mexico CityA strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 130 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City.Rescuers are searching for survivors and there are reports of children trapped in a partly collapsed school.The 7.1 magnitude quake caused damage in Morelos and Puebla states and in Mexico State.It struck while many people took part in an earthquake drill exactly 32 years after a quake killed thousands.The country is prone to earthquakes and earlier this month an 8.1 magnitude tremor in the south left at least 90 dead.The epicentre of the latest quake was next to Atencingo in Puebla state, about 120km (75 miles) from Mexico City, with a depth of 51km, the US Geological Survey said.At least 139 people had died across the country, a civil protection agency spokesman told the BBC.At least 64 people were killed in Morelos state alone, south of the capital, and 29 reported killed in Puebla state. Thirty-six are confirmed dead in Mexico City, with another nine in Mexico State, and one dead in Guerrero.

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