100 Found Dead As Buildings Across Mexico City Collapsed Following Powerful Earthquake

Scores of people have died as buildings across Mexico City collapsed under the force of an earthquake measuring magnitude 7.1.

At least 100 people have been killed across the country, with many more trapped inside buildings that caught fire after a powerful quake violently shook the capital.

Mexican TV and social media showed buildings collapsing and cars crushed by large chunks of fallen debris.

The magnitude 7.1 quake struck close to the town of Atencingo in the central state of Puebla, 123 km (76 miles) southeast of Mexico City, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Other videos emerging on social media show a building explode after the quake hits, sending a giant orange fireball skyward.

Footage purporting to be from a Mexico City car park shows a building collapse after swaying side to side.

In another clip, a fireball is sent skyward after a building explodes.

More footage posted online shows people trapped inside a building huddled together as it violently sways.

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Social media was flooded with upsetting footage from the quake, with one video showing large chunks of debris fall from a shaking building to the ground below.

Another claims to show river boats being rocked by the effect of the earthquake.

The footage below, widely shared, shows smoke billows from buildings across the capital as people scramble to get to people trapped inside.

At least 100 dead as buildings collapse across Mexico City after powerful earthquake
A woman lays injured on a hospital bed (Picture: AFP/Getty/ Omar Torres)
At least 100 dead as buildings collapse across Mexico City after powerful earthquake
People stand over collapsed building in Mexico City (Picture: AFP/ Ronaldo Schemidt)
At least 100 dead as buildings collapse across Mexico City after powerful earthquake
A woman breaks down in tears after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico (Picture: AFP/ Ronaldo Schemidt)
At least 100 dead as buildings collapse across Mexico City after powerful earthquake
People are seen injured after scores of buildings collapse in Mexico City (Picture: Reuters/Carlos Jasso)
At least 100 dead as buildings collapse across Mexico City after powerful earthquake
An injured woman is assisted by a man by a debris-strewn road (Picture: Reuters/Carlos Jasso)
At least 100 dead as buildings collapse across Mexico City after powerful earthquake
People scramble to remove debris and check for trapped people (Picture: AFP/Getty/ Omar Torres)
At least 100 dead as buildings collapse across Mexico City after powerful earthquake
A man gestures after being injured on the head (Picture: AFP/ Ronaldo Schemidt)
At least 100 dead as buildings collapse across Mexico City after powerful earthquake
A Porsche is crushed by fallen debris from a damaged building (Picture: AFP/Alfredo Estrella/Getty)

It comes on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage to the capital Mexico City.

Thousands of people fled buildings across the capital as they were preparing drills for the deadly 1985 quake’s anniversary.

Earlier this month, Mexico was rocked by its most powerful earthquake in 32 years, which sparked panic and triggered a 2.3ft Tsunami.

Officials said the 8.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least 90 people and was the strongest quake to hit the capital since the 1985 tremor that killed thousands and flattened a large party of Mexico City.

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