Over 200 killed by powerful quake in Mexico

A policeman gives instructions during an earthquake drill in Mexico City

At least 139 people died in the magnitude-7.1 natural disaster that rocked several Mexican states - including Mexico state, Puebla and Morelos - on Tuesday as buildings imploded and exploded all over the area.

Earlier this month, a powerful 8.1 quake hit southern Mexico, killing at least 98 people.

Two others died in the central state of Puebla after a school collapsed, said Fernando Clemente, a civil protection official in the state, Reuters reported.

In a televised address, the president said an emergency had been declared.

Just hours earlier all the buildings in the city had carried out preparation drills for such an event on the anniversary.

Local media in Puebla reported that five people had died.

Flights were suspended at Mexico City International Airport.

The tremor on Tuesday struck eight kilometres southeast of Atencingo in the central state of Puebla, some 120km from the capital, Mexico City, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. 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.

The quake was felt far and wide.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told TV network Televisa that rescue services were dealing with collapsed or badly damaged buildings at 44 locations.

Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said 44 buildings were severely damaged or destroyed in the latest natural disaster.

In Mexico City, thousands of soldiers, rescuers and civilians were working together to dig through piles of rubble from crumbled buildings.

Just as people posted photos and videos from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, people captured the chaos, and heroism, that unfolded after the quake hit. "We are with you and will be there for you", Trump said.



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