More Than 200 Dead After Magnitude 7.1 Quake Strikes Mexico; ‘Death Toll Will Rise’

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More than 200 people, including 21 schoolchildren, are dead after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake  rocked central Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, hitting on the 32nd anniversary of the biggest quake to strike the country’s capital.
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Yesterday’s earthquake was centered about 75 miles southeast of Mexico City and caused extensive damage, leveling at least 44 buildings, including homes, schools and office buildings, according to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto,  who did a flyover of the city Tuesday afternoon.

 

Among the dead are at least 25 people — 21 students and four teachers — at a collapsed primary school in the south of the capital. So far, 11 people have been rescued, but two students and one teacher remain missing, according to Education Minister Aurelio Nuno.

 

President Donald Trump spoke with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto Wednesday to extend condolences for the lives lost and the damage caused by the earthquake, the White House said in a statement. Trump also offered assistance and search and rescue teams, which are being deployed now.

 

Rescuers continued to comb through the wreckage, looking for survivors Wednesday, pausing to listen for voices. Relatives told The Associated Press they received WhatsApp messages from two girls inside.

 

“Children are often the most vulnerable in emergencies such as this, and we are particularly concerned because schools across the region were in session and filled with students,” said Jorge Vidal, the director of operations at Save the Children in Mexico.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: AP
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