A massive earthquake registering 7.1 hit central Mexico on Tuesday killing 119 and destroying scores of buildings in the deadliest temblor to hit the nation since 1985.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 75 miles south of Mexico City, but its destructive power was felt from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The largest number of deaths were in Mexico City, where at least 30 people were killed and more than 50 were saved from rubble by citizens and rescue workers.
The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are uncovered.
State officials told the AP that at least 54 people died in Morelos, a state south of the capital. Twenty-six people died in Puebla, according to the AP, and nine died in the State of Mexico, according to the state’s governor.
Graco Ramirez, the governor of the State of Morelos, was tweeting updates throughout the quake. He tweeted that the top priority is the “care and support of the victims and families affected by this terrible earthquake.”