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Mexico City Earthquake Damages 'Iconic' Estadio Azteca

An "enormous crack" appears to have been left in the Estadio Azteca after a "devastating earthquake in Mexico City," according to Mick Gadd of the London DAILY MIRROR. One of world football's "iconic" venues, and the host of two World Cup finals, the stadium reportedly "suffered severe damage" after a 7.1-magnitude quake. The scheduled Copa MX match between Club América and Cruz Azul "has been suspended." Fox Sports Mexico journalist Emilio Leon "posted an image of the stadium on Twitter showing the giant break in the back of the grandstand that could compromise the structure." He tweeted, "Due to the ... quake minutes ago in Mexico City, the Estadio Azteca has fractured." However, others said that the crack seen in images and video "widely circulated on social media" is "part of the stadium's design to avoid damage." The stadium is "due to host" the NFL New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders in November (DAILY MIRROR, 9/19). In London, David Agren reported more than 60 people were killed in the earthquake which hit southern Mexico on Tuesday, "causing serious damage to buildings in the country's capital on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that inflicted major damage to Mexico City." Morelos Governor Graco Ramírez tweeted that "at least 42 people had been killed in central Morelos state." Puebla state's interior department reported 11 deaths, while at least eight more died in the State of Mexico, "which wraps around the country's capital," according to Mexico Governor Alfredo Del Mazo. Video posted online showed one building in the Reforma neighborhood "collapsing in a cloud of dust as onlookers screamed and ran for safety." Another video showed slabs of concrete "peeling from the facade of the labor ministry and plunging onto the street below" (GUARDIAN, 9/19).