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>> Reporter: THOUSANDS RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES SCREAMS FILLING THE STREETS OF MEXICO CITY AS BUILDINGS BREAK APART AND FEAR FLOODS THE CAPITAL THE 71 TREMOR BRINGING THE REGION TO ITS KNEES BUILDINGS THAT DIDN'T COLLAPSE SWAYED ACROSS THE SKYLINE OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST CITIES, PLUMES OF DUST RISING FROM WHERE STRUCTURES USED TO STAND

THIS MAN SAYS WE'RE TRYING TO CLEAR THE STREETS SO AMBULANCES AND FIREFIGHTERS CAN GET THROUGH NOW THE DESPERATE RACE FOR RESCUES, REMOVING DEBRIS FROM WHERE MANY COULD BE STILL BURIED ALIVE DEATH TOLL UNCERTAIN BUT SCENE IS GRIM THIS WOMAN SAID IT WAS TERRIFYING FIRST RESPONDERS SCOURING SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS, COUNTRY ON SHAKY GROUND

EPICENTER 76 MILES SOUTHEAST OF MEXICO CITY EARLIER THIS MONTH, AN 81 EARTHQUAKE KILLED 100 PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN MEXICO TODAY'S TREMOR COMES EXACTLY 32 YEARS AFTER THE 1985 EARTHQUAKE THAT KILLED AS MANY AS 10,000 IN A COUNTRY THAT USES AN EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR EARTHQUAKES, TODAY THERE WAS NONE

>> BECAUSE THE SOIL IN MEXICO CITY AMPLIFIES SHAKING BY A FACTOR OF 100 OR MORE, THEY GET A LOT OF DAMAGE FROM FAR AWAY EARTHQUAKES >> Reporter: TONIGHT MEXICO IS IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY, REGION IN PERIL, BRACING FOR AFTERSHOCKS >> AFTER THE

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