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Many killed in Mexico quake

People climb over the debris of a collapsed building after an earthquake hit Mexico City, Mexico  - REUTERS

People climb over the debris of a collapsed building after an earthquake hit Mexico City, Mexico - REUTERS

20/09/2017 08:13

At least 226 people were killed on Tuesday when a  powerful earthquake shook central Mexico collapsing numerous buildings. Thousands of residents fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

Hours after the magnitude 7.1 quake struck, rescue workers were still searching through the wreckage of a primary school that partly collapsed in the city's south looking for any children who might be trapped.

President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the school late Tuesday and said 22 bodies had been recovered there, two of them adults.

The quake is the worst in Mexico since a 1985 quake on the same date killed thousands. It came less than two weeks after another powerful quake caused 90 deaths in the country's south.

20/09/2017 08:13