A strong earthquake has struck Mexico City, sending thousands of residents into the streets and toppling buildings.
The Governor of Morelos Graco Morelos said that 42 people had died in the state of Morelos.
In the state of Puebla near Mexico City, a civil protection official said at least two deaths occurred. Media reported at least five deaths in the state, but that figure could not immediately be confirmed.
The governor of the State of Mexico, Alfredo Del Mazo, reported two more deaths.
The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake was marked as a 7.1 magnitude that hit the southern Mexico region Tuesday. In response to the quake, Mexico City International Airport has suspended operations.
The quake hit five miles from the Mexican state of Puebla at a depth of 32 miles, the USGS added.
Social media posts shared on Twitter show dusts and smoke to be rising from several sights in Mexico City.
The powerful earthquake was felt by residents just hours after people had participated in earthquake drills Tuesday — incidentally the anniversary of the 1985 quake the killed thousands in the city.
According to Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa, at least 20 buildings have been damaged, with some engulfed in flames. The Mexico City mayor added people were trapped inside burning buildings.
Following the quake, Mexico’s stock exchange suspended all trading.
Mexico was previously hit with an 8.0 magnitude earthquake on September 8 that killed more than 80 people in the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.
Source/Sputnik – teleSUR