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Central Mexico: Death Toll Rises After Mexico Rocked By Huge Earthquake; Donald Trump Condoles.

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 has rocked central Mexico and its capital, killing at least 224 people and destroying buildings.

According to the US geological survey, the epicentre was located in Puebla state, just south of Mexico City.

It struck around lunchtime sending thousands running into the streets in panic.

In summary

 * A 7.1-magnitude earthquake kills at least 216 people in central Mexico.

* Buildings toppled, gas mains broken and fires sparked.

* More than 20 children and two adults found dead at primary school in Mexico City.

* It hit just hours after emergency drills marked the anniversary of a 1985 earthquake that left thousands dead.

* Up to 4.6 million homes without power.

* It comes just weeks after an 8.1-magnitude ‘quake killed 98 people in southern Mexico.

Así se vivió el fuerte #temblor que se acaba de producir en #México

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Desperate floodlit search

Desperate parents and rescue workers pulled through rubble in a floodlit search on Wednesday for dozens of young children feared buried under a Mexico City school destroyed by the country’s most lethal earthquake in a generation.
The magnitude 7.1 shock killed at least 216 people, nearly half of them in the capital, 32 years to the day after a devastating 1985 quake and less than two weeks after a powerful tremor killed nearly 100 people in the south of the country.
Among the twisted concrete and steel ruin of the Enrique Rebsamen school, soldiers and firefighters found 22 dead children and two adults, while another 30 children and 12 adults were missing, President Enrique Pena Nieto said.
There were chaotic scenes at the school as parents clung to hope their children had survived.
“They keep pulling kids out, but we know nothing of my daughter,” said 32-year-old Adriana D’Fargo, her eyes red after hours waiting for news of her seven-year-old.

Death toll confusion

Mexico’s Civil Protection Agency now says 216 people died in the earthquake, revising down earlier statements which said there were at least 248 victims.

Death toll increase

At least 226 people were killed by a powerful earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday, the nation’s civil protection agency said.
The death toll in Mexico City surged to 117 people, Luis Felipe Puente, the head of the agency, wrote in a post on Twitter. The earthquake struck on the 32nd anniversary of a temblor that killed thousands in the capital.
The state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City, was also hard hit with 55 killed, Puente said. At least 12 people were killed in the neighboring state of Mexico, and three deaths were reported in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast.

President Enrique Peña Nieto flew over the area to survey the damage:

“At this moment we have an emergency in Mexico City and we are going to focus our operational presence in the capital.”

The death toll has been rising steadily so far it is around 150 with the authorities fearing that will rise due to the region being so densely populated.

Toppled buildings

Hundreds of volunteers and rescue workers have been digging through the rubble with picks, shovels and their bare hands.

Schools have been closed and around four million people are without electricity.

The earthquake comes on the 32 anniversary of the devastating 1985 tremor that left 10,000 people dead.

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