7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Jills at Least 44 in Mexico

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, killing at least 44 people and leaving multiple people reportedly trapped in collapsed buildings.

Mexico State Gov. Alfredo del Mazo said the quake has killed at least two people in his state, which borders Mexico City. Del Mazo said a quarry worker was killed from a rock slide due to the quake, and another died when after being hit by a falling lamppost.

At least another 42 were killed in the central Mexican state of Morelos, Gov. Graco Ramirez said. Of those who died, 12 were in the city of Jojutla, and four were in the state capital of Cuernavaca.

The epicenter was near the town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City, according to the USGS.

Thousands of people fled office buildings along the central Reforma Avenue as alarms blared, and traffic came to a halt at the Angel of Independence monument.

In Mexico City pictures fell from walls, objects were shaken off of flat surfaces and computer monitors toppled over. Some people dove for cover under desks.

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