It was a DOUBLE TRAGEDY from nature on Tuesday for Mexico as it did not just have a fresh earthquake to contend with, but also the problem of the small eruption of Popocatepetl volcano.
In Atzitzihuacan on the slopes of the volcano, a church collapsed during mass, killing 15 people, Puebla Governor Jose Antonio Gali said.
This is in addition to the 149 people who died when a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck central Mexico, toppling buildings in the heavily populated capital where rescuers scoured frantically under the rubble of ruins for survivors.
Thousands ran into the streets in panic, and millions lost electricity when the quake struck around noon.
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said 44 buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Several major gas leaks and fires occurred.
Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told local television rescue teams were working painstakingly with picks and shovels. The United Nations expressed condolences and said it was ready to assist.
meanwhile 22 children were among the dead.