7.1 magnitude quake kills 119 as buildings crumble in Mexico

A devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake collapsed some buildings and damaged many others in and around Mexico City on Tuesday on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake there which left thousands dead.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday’s earthquake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City. Millions of people were without power and at least 57 deaths were confirmed in the first hours after the quake and that number was expected to climb.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto happened to be en route to Oaxaca where a deadly 8.1-magnitude quake struck a little more than one week ago. Peña Nieto immediately returned to Mexico City and urged residents to stay out of the streets to give access to first responders, and to shut off gas lines that before returning to their homes.

The Associated Press captured this image after thousands of workers fled their office buildings onto the Paseo de La Reforma in the heart of Mexico City.

People fill Paseo de la Reforma after evacuating from their offices after an earthquake in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
People fill Paseo de la Reforma after evacuating from their offices after an earthquake in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Anita Baca)

The mayor of Mexico City said there were reports of people trapped in collapsed buildings. Then airport in Mexico City announced a shutdown shortly after.

The mayor of Mexico City said there were reports of people trapped in collapsed buildings. Then airport in Mexico City announced a shutdown shortly after