Mexico City: A powerful earthquake rocked Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 149 people and toppling buildings — less than two weeks after a magnitude-8.1 quake hit the country and killed nearly 100.
The quake struck central Mexico at about 2:15 p.m. ET and had a magnitude of 7.1, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Its epicenter was in the state of Puebla, about 80 miles southeast of the capital, Mexico City.
Luis Felipe Puente, the head of Mexico’s National Civil Defense agency, said on Twitter that 55 people had died in the state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City. In addition, 49 people died in Mexico City, 32 in Puebla state, 10 in the State of Mexico and three in Guerrero.
President Enrique Peña Nieto said late Tuesday that 22 bodies, two of them those of adults, were recovered from the scene of a school that collapsed in the capital. It wasn’t immediately clear whether those deaths were included in the overall death toll of 149.
The quake was felt far and wide. In Mexico City, there were power outages and collapsed buildings, Telemundo reported. Dozens of buildings collapsed or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states.