At least 42 dead in Mexico earthquake

(CNN) [Breaking news update, posted at 5:02 p.m. ET]

At least 42 people were killed in Morelos state in a magnitude-7.1 earthquake that struck central Mexico, according to a preliminary report issued by the governor.

[Breaking news update, posted at 4:45 p.m. ET]

At least four people have been killed in the magnitude-7.1 earthquake that struck the central Mexican state of Puebla, Reuters reported, citing local officials. Two people died when a school collapsed in Puebla. Two others were killed in the State of Mexico, Reuters reported.

[Previous version, published at 4:31 p.m. ET]

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the central Mexican state of Puebla on Tuesday afternoon, leveling buildings as far away as the capital, about 75 miles away.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Preliminary reports put the epicenter 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles (55 km) south-southwest of the city of Puebla, according to the US

Geological Survey.

Pictures on social media and witness accounts confirmed the quake collapsed buildings.

The earthquake struck at a depth of about 33 miles (51 km).

"Anything below 70 kilometers is considered a shallow quake," CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said.


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