September 20, 2017 / 2:30 AM / 9 months ago

At least 149 killed by earthquake in Mexico -civil protection agency

MEXICO CITY, Sept 19 (Reuters) - At least 149 people were killed by a powerful earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday, the nation’s civil protection agency said.

The highest death toll was in the state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City, where 55 deaths were reported, Luis Felipe Puente, who leads the agency, wrote in a post on Twitter. In Mexico City, at least 49 people were left dead, Puente said.

In the state of Puebla, south of Mexico City, 32 people were killed by the quake, and 10 were left dead in the state of Mexico, which surrounds the capital. Three people also died in the state of Guerrero, on the Pacific coast.

Reporting by Julia Love

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