Wednesday, June 16, 1999 Published at 23:24 GMT 00:24 UK
Mexico quake toll rises
Soldiers clean up debris left by the earthquake
The death toll from the Mexico earthquake has risen to at least 16, with another 200 injured.
President Ernesto Zedillo declared a state of emergency, and broke off a trip to the Caribbean to inspect damage in the city of Puebla, near the epicentre of the earthquake, around 200km (125 miles) south of Mexico City.
The quake toppled at least two buildings in Puebla, a city of 1.2 million people, and brought down a church tower.
Panic in capital
Two people were reported to have died in Mexico City from heart attacks, apparently triggered by fear.
There was relatively little structural damage, but tall buildings swayed with the tremors, sending tens of thousands of people into the streets.
Four states - Puebla, Morelos, Oaxaca and Veracruz - suffered damage in the quake, which struck at about 2045GMT.
The epicentre was in the area of Huajapan de Leon, in Oaxaca, a town mainly inhabited by Mixteca Indians.
President Zedillo lamented the loss of life, but said the impact of the quake had been relatively light considering its intensity.