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Earthquake Kills 23 in Mexico

Officials in Mexico say at least 23 people died in a powerful earthquake that hit the western and central part of the country late Tuesday.

Mexican authorities say the quake was centered in the western state of Colima and measured 7.6 on the Richter scale. It shook an area stretching from the Pacific coast to Mexico City and caused widespread panic.

Colima's Governor, Fernando Morena, said at least 21 deaths occurred in that state, nine in the capital. Witnesses reported widespread damage to buildings in the city, with power lines down and telecommunications disrupted.

Emergency workers said there were also two deaths in neighboring Jalisco state.

The quake caused power outages in parts of Mexico City but no significant damage or injuries were reported there.