Remains of a building after today's quakes. Remains of a building after today's quakes.

Earthquake death toll is 120 in five states

29 buildings have collapsed in Mexico City, where rescuers look for victims in the debris

At least 120 people have been reported dead following today’s earthquakes in Morelos and Puebla, and the death toll may well rise further as rescue workers and volunteers scramble to free victims trapped in the rubble of fallen buildings.

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In Morelos, 54 people are dead following the simultaneous 7.1 and 6.8-magnitude quakes, said Governor Graco Ramírez, while severe damages have been reported in the municipalities of Cuernavaca, Tepoztlán, Yautepec, Juitepec, Tetecala, Tlayacapan and Jojutla.

In Mexico City the death toll is 30, and 29 buildings were reported to have collapsed.

Twenty-six deaths have been reported in the state of Puebla, nine in the state of México and one in Oaxaca.

Rescue operations are also focusing on schools where many students are believed to have been trapped.

A plea was issued on social media at 3:48 for help digging out the rubble of a school in Villa Coapa.

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One of the worst hit areas appears to be the Cuauhtémoc borough where borough chief Ricardo Monreal has requested it be declared a disaster area following the collapse of the Monumento a la Madre, eight buildings in Tepito and the historic center and four more in Condesa.

Lines 4, 5 and 12 of the Metro system are not operating due to the lack of electrical power.

There has also been damage to the Mexico City-Acapulco highway in the stretch between Chilpancingo and Cuernavaca.

Epicenter of the 7.1 earthquake was 12 kilometers southeast of Axochiapan, Morelos, while that of the 6.8 quake was seven kilometers southwest of Chiautla de Tapia, Puebla.

Operations have been suspended at the Mexico City airport until inspections of the infrastructure have been completed.

Mexico News Daily

UPDATE: This story was updated with new information at 6:14pm CDT.

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  • Happy Girl

    In this time when the world is assaulted almost daily with news of yet another natural disaster…fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, earthquakes… now we hear that Mexico has suffered another earthquake. Relief agencies are facing donor fatigue as people are faced with not knowing who to support or how much to give.We live in difficult times but Mexico seems to have had more than its fair share recently. I feel deeply for those who are tonight coming to grips with their own personal tragedy, and the tragedy of friends, family and their nation as a whole. You are in my thoughts.

    • Ricardo Perry

      Thank you for your concern, and well-written post here…….much appreciated. Gracias!

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