A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, toppling buildings, rattling the capital and sending people flooding into the streets.
Over a hundred people had been reported killed across the country, including scores in the state of Morelos, close to the epicenter of the quake, and dozens in the capital, Mexico City.
But the figure is expected to climb, especially because rescuers are still frantically digging out people trapped beneath mounds of rubble.
“We are facing an emergency in Mexico City, in the states of Puebla and Morelos we are here in Mexico City to help those people affected. There are medical centers available and public hospitals are opening up their services to everyone we may still find people under the rubble. Stay in touch, follow lines of communication, we will keep people updated,” said Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Residents in Mexico City, having just experienced shaking from a recent 8.1 magnitude quake say the tremors on Tuesday were far worse.
“The ground started moving, it was very strong, the windows started to break, people started to leave their homes, this building in front collapsed,” said Oswaldo Casillas, a local resident.
“I was in the building and everything started to shake,” said resident Roberto Aguilar.
“It was a dark day for Mexico City, there was a lot of disasters, we never thought that such a disaster would happen in this city. We regret this tragedy, we suffered,” said emergency rescuer Mario Norberto.
The epicenter of Tuesday’s earthquake and the larger one on Sept. 7 were more than 400 miles apart, but they both occurred in a region where one of the earth’s crustal plates, the Cocos, is sliding beneath another, the North America. — Reuters