Mexico: Powerful earthquake strikes south

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This building collapsed in Mexico City after the earthquake (AFP)

(BBC) A strong earthquake has hit central Mexico, causing panic and sending thousands of people into the streets.

The 7.1 magnitude quake was felt in the capital Mexico City, and caused the collapse of at least one building.

The capital’s airport has suspended operations, and buildings across the city have been evacuated. Fires have also been reported.

Less than two weeks ago, a powerful 8.1 magnitude killed at least 90 people in the country.

The quake hit the state of Puebla, next to the capital, at a shallow depth of 32 miles (51 km), the US Geological Survey said.

The tremor happened as an earthquake drill was being held in Mexico City, on the 32nd anniversary of a quake that killed up to 10,000 people.

The extent of the damage caused by the quake was still unclear (AFP)

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