People remove the debris of a collapsed building looking for possible victims after the 7.1-magnitude quake rattled Mexico City on Tuesday.
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Published September 19, 2017
MEXICO CITY – At least 44 people were killed as a magnitude 7.1 earthquake epicenter hit just over 3 miles east-northeast of Raboso, in the state of Puebla some 75 miles southeast of Mexico City.
“We don’t have an estimate yet from authorities of how many buildings — but just photos and videos from people in the street show there are many buildings collapsed so far,” reporter James Fredrick told NPR. “The civil protection agency of Mexico City has confirmed that they’re beginning excavation work for people trapped inside collapsed buildings.”
Tuesday’s earthquake came less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the country’s south, and it occurred as Mexicans commemorated the anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed thousands.