Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Footage shows buildings collapse and explode after an quake hit Mexico

Footage shows buildings collapse and explode after an quake hit Mexico

At least 217 people are dead after a powerful 7.1 magnitude natural disaster struck the central state of Puebla, Mexico, near the capital of Mexico City Tuesday. And 43 deaths were reported in the Puebla state, where the quake was centered.

More than 100 people are dead and rescuers are frantically searching rubble for survivors after a massive quake caused carnage in heavily populated Mexico City on Wednesday morning.

The highest death toll was in Morelos state, just south of Mexico City, where 64 deaths were reported. Among them were apartment blocks, a school, a factory and a supermarket. It wasn't immediately clear whether those deaths were included in the overall death toll of 149. President Enrique Pena Nieto said many people will need help, but the initial focus has to be on finding people trapped in wrecked buildings.

Buildings in Mexico City and Puebla, near the quake's epicentre, have collapsed, and there are reports of severe damage to infrastructure, including collapsed bridges. According to the mayor, 44 buildings fell in Mexcio City alone. The city with a population of two million people was thrilled by this natural disaster. The country was hit by another major quake (measuring 8.1 magnitude) just two weeks prior, that had killed dozens and injured thousands.

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Mendes was slated to perform in Mexico City on Wednesday evening. Other video showed the side of a government building sheering off and falling into the street as bystanders screamed.

Volunteers and rescue workers search for children trapped inside at the destroyed school.

A magnitude 8.1 quake struck Mexico the same day 32 years ago, in 1985, killing thousands of people. "We are with you and will be there for you", he wrote. Evacuation drills had been held in the country on Tuesday's anniversary.

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