7.1 magnitude quake rocks Mexico, kills at least 119

LOS ANGELES: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 shook central Mexico on Tuesday, the anniversary of a deadly 1985 temblor, toppling buildings and reportedly killing at least 119 people.

The temblor occurred near the town of Raboso in the state of Puebla, about 120 kilometres southeast of Mexico City, at a depth of 51 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.

Many buildings reportedly crumbled, including in Mexico City, fanning fears of more fatalities. At least 119 people were killed, with many deaths concentrated in the central state of Morelos and in the state of Puebla, Reuters news agency reported, quoting officials.

Thirty people died in Mexico City, the Associated Press reported, quoting the city government.

A magnitude 8.1 quake struck Mexico the same day 32 years ago, in 1985, killing thousands of people. Evacuation drills had been held in the country on Tuesday’s anniversary.

Mexico had just been rocked by a quake earlier this month. A magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the southwestern coast of Mexico on Sept 7, killing at least 98 people.

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