Mexico: Strong quake strikes, collapsing buildings

A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, toppling buildings in the capital Mexico City and killing several people, reports say.

The capital’s airport has suspended operations after the 7.1 magnitude quake, and buildings across the city have been evacuated.

Fire has been reported in several buildings, with some people said to be trapped inside.

Earlier this month, a strong 8.1 magnitude tremor left at least 90 dead.

The epicentre of the quake was next to Atencingo in the central state of Puebla, some 120km (75 miles) from the capital Mexico City, the US Geological Survey said.

Damage was also reported in other towns around the capital, with local media reporting at least three deaths in Puebla.

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.

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People remove debris of a building which collapsed after a quake rattled Mexico CityImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThis building collapsed in Mexico City after the earthquake
People stand at a building which collapsed after a quake rattled Mexico CityImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe extent of the damage caused by the quake was still unclear
A woman is assisted after being injured during a quake in Mexico CityImage copyrightAFP
Image captionPeople poured into the streets after the quake struck