At least 139 dead in 7.1 magnitude earthquake near Mexico City

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At least 139 people died after 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico on Tuesday, September 19. Buildings collapsed in plumes of dust where thousands fled into the streets in panic, while some were trapped.

According to Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, 44 buildings were severely damaged. Several major gas leaks and fires also occurred.

Also, the national electricity company CFE said that the power was cut to 3.8 million customers. Among buildings that collapsed on Tuesday were apartment blocks, a supermarket, a school, and a factory.

The head of National Civil Defense Agency, Luis Felipe Puente confirmed last night that the death toll had risen to 139.

The quake hit on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating quake that killed thousands in Mexico City in 1985. Many Mexicans had participated in earthquake drills on Tuesday, as is customary every September 19.

This has been the second strongest earquake happened this month in Mexico. On September 7, a magnitude of 8.1 also hit the Southern Mexico. .

Earthquakes of magnitude 7 or above are regarded as major and are capable of causing widespread heavy damage.