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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Death toll rises to 248 as 7.1 earthquake strikes Mexico city to rumbles of a centurion quake

7.1 magnitude quake hits DAYS after biggest in century – 248 dead.. Numbers to rise.

Thousands sift through rubble after Mexico earthquake


The quake struck at 1.15pm local time (7.15pm BST) and of the 216 people confirmed dead so far, half of them were in the capital, Mexico City.

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto later confirmed 22 bodies had been recovered from a collapsed school in Mexico City where 48 people remain missing.

One woman, a 32-year-old mother, told reporters: "They keep pulling kids out, but we know nothing of my daughter."

The governor of the neighbouring state of Morelos said at least 42 people had been killed there.

Five more people died in the State of Mexico, governor Alfredo Del Mazo told local TV.


Rescuers work to clear the debris from a collapsed building in Mexico City


A woman is pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in Mexico City


Shocked Mexico City residents console one another after this afternoon's quake

Dozens of buildings have been reduced to rubble across the capital, including a number of historic points of interest, while broken gas mains have sparked fires across the city.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit five miles southeast of Atencingo in the state of Puebla, about 100 miles south of Mexico City, at a depth of 32 miles.

The quake prompted a small eruption of Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano, which is visible from Mexico City.

On its slopes a small church collapsed, killing 15 people.

Video has emerged showing a huge explosion over the city following the quake, the cause of which is not yet clear.

HUGE explosion tears through Mexico City after earthquake



Hospital patients were moved outside of the building following the quake


The president said at least 27 buildings had collapsed in Mexico City

A large number of hospital patients have been photographed receiving treatment outside the facility for fear the building may collapse.

Dentist Claudia Meneses said she was in her clinic in Mexico City's Lindavista neighbourhood when the earthquake struck.

"People are really scared right now," she said.

"We're going to go to a building that fell to see if we can help."


An injured woman is carried away after the quake in Mexico


Mexico has been hit by another powerful earthquake weeks after a fatal quake

The quake was recorded at 1.15pm local time and comes days after the country was hit by an 8.1 magnitude tremor, the biggest to hit Mexico in a century, killing at least 98 people.

President Nieto was on a flight to Oaxaca, one of the hardest hit areas by that quake, but has since tweeted that he was immediately returning to attend to the quake in Mexico City.

Just two hours before the quake struck, people had been taking part in evacuation drills on the anniversary of one of Mexico's deadliest earthquakes which struck in 1985.

Video footage shows a huge cloud of thick dust and smoke filling the streets as people try to make their way to safety.

One clip shows the side of a National Secretariat building crumbling as onlookers scream in horror.

People scream as Mexico earthquake destroys building


Seperate footage shows huge storm-like waves rocking gondoliers in Mexico city's famous Xochimilco canals.

Adrian Wilson, a photographer from New York City, was in Mexico City when the quake hit.

He told CNN: "I was having lunch when the floor gently rocked as if a big truck went by.


The earthquake comes just days after the country's biggest earthquake in a century killed 98 people

"It then amplified in waves and the whole room started shaking.

"The building is from the 1930s and just survived a big earthquake, so I knew I would be OK."

In Cuernavaca, a city south of Mexico City, there were unconfirmed reports on local radio of people trapped beneath collapsed buildings.

Mexican TV and social media showed cars crushed by debris.

Many people fled into the streets, and electricity and phone lines were down in parts of the capital.

"We got out really fast, leaving everything as it was and just left," said Rosaura Suarez, as she stood with a crowd on the street.

Tourists feel force of Mexico City earthquake on famous canals


The Mexican stock exchange has suspended trading following the quake.

Mexico airport has also suspended all operations.

US President Donald Trump said on Twitter: "God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you."

The city and its surrounding area are home to about 20 million people.

Fears that the quake could cause a tsunami in the Pacific ocean have been dismissed by officials from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, who said it was too far inland to generate such a wave.

It also comes on the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 quake which killed 5,000 people and caused serious damage to the Greater Mexico City area

Following the quake the Mexican government brought in sweeping changes to safety rules and disaster preparation.

Additional reporting by Will Kirby, Matt Drake and Nicole Stinson.

Culled from Express

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