Death toll from Mexico quake rises sharply

7.1 earthquake rocks central Mexico, topples buildings

7.1 earthquake rocks central Mexico, topples buildings

The epicentre of the quake was near Atencingo in Puebla state, about 120km (75 miles) from Mexico City, with a depth of 51km (31.5 miles), according to the US Geological Survey.

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children had died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed during the quake.

Tezcucano said her family is doing OK after Tuesday's quake, but she worries about others who may not be able to find safety.

More than 217 people in Mexico are dead following a 7.0-magnitude quake that rocked the town of Raboso in Puebla Tuesday, September 19.

They formed lines to remove rubble from a collapsed clothing factory in Mexico City.

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In a cruel twist of fate, the natural disaster hit on the exact date in 1985 that a devastating 8.0 magnitude quake rocked the city and killed 5,000 people.

Puente added that 86 people died in Mexico City, 71 died in the state of Morelos, 43 in Puebla state, 12 in the State of Mexico, three in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. Social media immediately showed us the panic and fear people felt as buildings shook and collapsed near them.

Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states.

About 40% of Mexico City remained without power as rescue workers dug through the night in search of survivors.

"The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people."
Over 4 million people have been left with no electricity.

Mexico is also still recovering from a powerful tremor that killed almost 100 people in the south of the country less than two weeks ago.

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