Death toll from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit central Mexico Rises to 138

The earthquake, which struck on exactly the same day as a devastating 1985 tremor that killed 10,000 people, has triggered traumatic memories for many in Mexico. One resident, Georgina Sanchez, was sobbing as she told AFP news agency: “I’m so worried. I can’t stop crying. It’s the same nightmare as in 1985.” Another resident said: “It’s just not possible that this happened also on September 19.”

  • A huge earthquake has killed more than 140 people in central Mexico
  • The quake toppled buildings in the capital, Mexico City, trapping many under rubble
  • A school in Mexico City’s Coapa district collapsed, killing at least 20 children, officials say
  • Hundreds of volunteers have joined emergency services in the search for survivors
  • Many of the deaths occurred in the neighbouring states of Morelos and Puebla
  • The shallow, magnitude 7.1 quake had its epicentre in Puebla, south-east of the capital

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