Powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes central Mexico.

Powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes central Mexico.

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake striked central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing some buildings, cracking the facades of others and scattering rubble on streets on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.

The quake caused buildings to sway sickeningly in Mexico City and sent panicked office workers streaming into the streets, but the full extent of the damage is not yet clear. Mexican media broadcast images of several collapsed buildings in heavily populated parts of the city.

Reports from the US Geological Survey said that the magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the central Mexican state of Puebla on Tuesday afternoon, it was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City.

Adrian Wilson, a photographer from New York City, was eating in the capital when he felt the earthquake. “I was having lunch when the floor gently rocked as if a big truck went by,” Wilson said. “It then amplified in waves and the whole room started shaking. The building is from the 1930s and just survived a big earthquake, so I knew I would be OK.”

The President of Mexico ‘Enrique Pena Nieto’ in tweet has promised to address the situation caused by the earthquake: “I have called a meeting for the National Emergency Committee to evaluate the situation and to coordinate any actions. Plan MX has been activated.”

The leader of Mexico said that he was “on (a) flight to Oaxaca. I immediately will return to Mexico City to address the situation caused by the earthquake.”

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