At least 200 dead in Mexico quake

Joy Montgomery
September 21, 2017

The death toll in Mexico City surged to 117 people, Luis Felipe Puente, the head of the agency, wrote in a post on Twitter.

Thirty-two years after a devastating quake killed thousands in Mexico City, the horrific memories of 1985 were revived after a magnitude-7.1 tremblor struck the country on the same day on Tuesday.

The quake hit five miles from the Mexican state of Puebla, at a depth of 32 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The BBC quoting President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children and two adults had been found dead at the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City's southern Coapa district. At least 30 children were still missing.

A magnitude 7.1 natural disaster caused buildings to sway and break apart in Mexico City on the anniversary of the magnitude 8.0 quake that did major damage in 1985.

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This quake struck on the anniversary of the 8.0 magnitude disastrous tremors of 1985, people were taking part in a drill earlier in the morning after which this 7.1 magnitude tremor was felt.

The Mexican interior minister confirmed today that at least 224 people were killed but the number is expected to rise as many are still trapped in collapsed buildings.

Volunteers quickly sprang into action as buildings swayed, twisted and threatened more collapses. Mayor Mancera said, 50 to 60 people were rescued alive by fellow civilians and emergency workers in the capital.

In addition, a delegation of 50 soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command is scheduled to leave for to Mexico City on Wednesday afternoon to assist in the aftermath of the natural disaster. In Mexico City, at least 36 people were killed, he said.

"God bless the people of Mexico City".

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