Over 140 killed after 7.1 magnitude natural disaster strikes Mexico

Faith Castro
September 21, 2017

The 7.1 magnitude quake hit the Puebla state, 123km from Mexico City. As of Tuesday night, at least 30 children were still missing from Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City.

Scores of people in Mexico were killed by the 7.1-magnitude natural disaster that rocked the nation Tuesday.

Almost 100 of those deaths occurred in Mexico City, where dozens of buildings collapsed.

A magnitude 8.1 quake struck Mexico the same day 32 years ago, in 1985, killing thousands of people.

Rescuers are continuing to search for survivors with footage from the capital Mexico City showing volunteers joining the effort.

The city and its surrounding area are home to about 20 million people. Windows buckled and shattered, falling several stories to the ground while thousands of people streamed into the streets running away from buildings and potential gas leaks.

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The U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) deployed the elite task force known as USA-2 to aid in the the recovery efforts from the powerful quake that has killed more than 200 people.

Pop singers Shawn Mendes and Ricky Martin have canceled scheduled Mexico City concerts this week in the aftermath of a strong quake that has rescue workers scrambling to dig out survivors trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings.

A firefighter and a rescuer search for survivors in Mexico City after a strong quake hit central Mexico on September 20, 2017.

Rescuers work at a collapsed building after an quake in Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2017.

"The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people", he said late Tuesday.

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

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