A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico Tuesday, on the anniversary of a powerful 1985 quake, killing more than 140 people and injuring tons of others.
At least 49 buildings have been collapsed and rescue crews are looking for survivors in the Mexico City.
About forty people have been killed in Mexico City while 64 in Morelos state. Puebla recorded 29 deaths.
According to National Coordinator for Civil Protection Luis Felipe Puente at least 138 people have been killed in the quake that occurred in the early afternoon following earthquake drill of the city authorities, reminding the devastating 1985 quake that killed 10,000 people.
Traffic came down to standstill and people ran in panic. Ambulances and vehicles tried to make headway. Sirens were heard squealing everywhere in the city.
People in the city were warned to avoid smoking as gas was leaked from ruptured pipes.
A school in Cuernavaca is learned smashed to rubble.
Patients from a hospital in Roma district were evacuated and makeshift wards were set up outside the premises.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Neto tweeted the patients of damaged hospitals will be transferred to other medical facilities.
For about three hours the Mexico City’s international airport was shut down following the quake. The stock market too was closed for few hours fearing aftershocks.
United Nations’ emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock tweeted his thoughts are with those impacted and the organization is ready to support.
The Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis expressed solidarity.