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At least 200 dead in Mexico quake

At least 200 dead in Mexico quake

It also hit just hours after emergency drills marked the anniversary of a temblor that killed thousands in 1985. Those regions were left in the pitch black as they were rapidly being destroyed by forces of nature, and remain without electricity this morning.

He emphasised that many people will need help, but that the priority has to be finding people who are trapped in the collapsed buildings.

The epicentre of the latest quake was near Atencingo in Puebla state, about 120km (75 miles) from Mexico City, with a depth of 51km, the US Geological Survey said.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said more than 20 children and two adults had been found dead at the school, Colegio Enrique Rebsamen, in the neighbourhood of Coapa.

Mexican officials announced at least 225 deaths after a 7.1 magnitude quake struck about 70 miles southeast of Mexico City on Tuesday, the AP reported. The rescue operations are being carried out in a slow process because of the fragility of the rubble, although as the mayor said, "time is against us".

A rescue worker motions for everybody to be quiet in Mexico City. As they search through the debris, they pause to listen for voices.

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Fires broke out across the city as footage showed black plumes erupting over the city's skyline following the quake at 1pm local time. More than 20 people are still missing, the BBC wrote.

Leaders have sent messages of support to Mexico.

In the U.S., President Donald Trump who's had a very contentious relationship with Mexico, saying on Twitter "God bless the people of Mexico City".

Prime Minister Theresa May has also expressed her support saying her "thoughts and sympathies" were with all those affected by the natural disaster. Buildings across the city held quake preparedness drills earlier Tuesday, according to local reports.

Mexico City Airport closed after a 7.1 quake rocked Mexico.

The Mexican community in Winnipeg is anxious for family and friends back home after a devastating natural disaster that rocked Mexico's capital Tuesday, killing more than 200 people, including children.

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