At least 217 dead after 7.1 magnitude quake strikes Mexico

Over 130 people killed in Mexico's 7.1-magnitude quake

LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Just hours after a citywide natural disaster drill, a powerful 7.1 quake shook Mexico City, toppling buildings and killing at least 248 people.

The capital wasn't even the epicentre of the quake; that was Atencingo in the state of Puebla, which is about 75 miles to the south-east of Mexico City.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said 22 bodies were found in the debris of an elementary school in Mexico City that collapsed due to the quake. Mexico's education secretary, Aurelio Nuno, said 25 people were killed at the school, while 11 others were rescued and 30 were missing. The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted that he has ordered the evacuation of hospitals that have suffered damage. (Spanish) 3117 "Our priority at this moment is to continue with the rescue of those who are under the rubble and to give medical attention to those who are injured".

According to the country's civil protection agency, 94 persons died in Mexico City, 71 in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla, 12 in the State of Mexico, four in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.

Shawn later announced that the safest thing to do would, unfortunately, be to cancel his planned Mexico City concert. Many immediately began digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings, trying to save those trapped inside, the Wall Street Journal reports. Several people died at the site, but workers shouted "Yes, we can!" when a survivor was carried out of the wreckage. Below you see a graph published by CNN based on the information of the US Geological Survey, with the intensity of this quake.

It's Mexico's second major quake this month.

At least one survivor was pulled from a collapsed building in the city's busy Condesa neighborhood, and another person was rescued from a six-story apartment building nearby.

Tuesday's event was closer to more populated areas and in Mexico City it impacted an urban centre, which sits on the types of loose soils that make the shaking worse.

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