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A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico at 1:14 p.m. (2:15 p.m. EDT) today, killing dozens, toppling buildings and sending thousands screaming into the streets.
Buildings swayed violently in the center of Mexico City, including in the historic districts of El Centro and Roma. Electricity and phone lines were down in parts of the capital.
According to the USGS, the earthquake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City.
Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena, said 27 buildings had collapsed in Mexico City. The city’s Mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, said it was too early to tell if there were casualties.
At least 42 people died in the state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City, the state’s governor said. Authorities reported other deaths in neighboring Puebla and the State of Mexico.
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