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Powerful 7.1 Quake Devastates Central Mexico

There are hundreds of victims in the 5 affected states. As many as 4.6 million homes, businesses and other facilities have lost electricity.

Rescue operation following the earthquake in Mexico City

A powerful 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing homes and bridges across hundreds of miles, killing at least 200 people and sending thousands more fleeing into the streets screaming in a country still reeling from a deadly temblor that struck less than two weeks ago.

The federal government declared a state of disaster in Mexico City and dispatched 3,428 troops to affected areas there and in nearby states.

"We are facing a new emergency in Mexico City, in the state of Puebla and Morelos, following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake,” President Enrique Peña Nieto said, adding that he had asked all hospitals to help care for the injured.

The U.S. Geological Survey calculated the magnitude of Tuesday’s temblor at 7.1 and said the epicenter was about 80 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Puebla.

The city of Puebla, about 60 miles southeast of Mexico City, also appeared to have suffered significant damage. At the same time as the earthquake, Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano had a small eruption. A church collapsed during mass, killing 15 people, in Atzitzihuacan on the slopes of the volcano, Puebla Governor Jose Antonio Gali said.

Author: Kate Linthicum, Rong-Gong Lin II, Alexandra Zavis and Ruben Vives
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Photo Credit: Armando Simonin (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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