Mexico quake death toll rises to 106
The powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico City and nearby regions on Tuesday killed at least 106 people, according to a preliminary count compiled from local officials’ initial reports.
Mexico City recorded 30 deaths, but it was the state of Morelos that had the worst fatality count at this time— 42. Morelos is located directly south of the city.
Puebla, a town southeast of the capital, registered 26 deaths, while Mexico state, which lies just to the west, had eight deaths.
Authorities expect the number of killed could still rise, as rescue crews and volunteers continue to dig into the rubble of 29 collapsed buildings in Mexico City, which is home to 20 million inhabitants.
The disaster occurred exactly 32 years after a quake rocked Mexico City in 1985 that killed 10,000 people.