Death toll rises after devastating earthquake hits Mexico

Courtesy: MGN
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Published: Sep. 19, 2017 at 8:45 PM CDT
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U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted "God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you." Trump's tweet comes after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook central Mexico, including the capital, claiming at least 120 lives, which is the largest number of fatalities in a Mexican earthquake since the 1985 quake that killed thousands. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told local media that at least 30 people had died in Mexico City alone.

The USGS said the magnitude 7.1 quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City.

The earthquake was too far from the larger quake 11 days ago to be an aftershock and appears to be a separate and unrelated event, said U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle. The epicenters of the two quakes are 650 kilometers apart and most aftershocks are within 100 kilometers, Earle said. Tuesday's quake was at a known tectonic fault, but not at the edges of two moving plates, like many strong earthquakes, Earle said.