At least 226 dead after earthquake hits Mexico

 
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Earthquake Strikes Mexico City
Rescuers search through the rubble in Mexico City following the earthquake (Source: Getty)

At least 226 people have been killed in a strong earthquake that struck near Mexico City overnight.

The magnitude 7.1 quake caused dozens of buildings to collapse, while gas mains were broken and fires started in cities across central Mexico.

Rescue crews worked through the night to search the rubble for survivors. In Mexico City, a metropolitan region with a population of around 20m people, 44 buildings are reported to have collapsed, including one primary school.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said late on Tuesday more than 20 children and two adults had been found dead at the school, Colegio Enrique Rebsamen, in the neighborhood of Coapa. Another 30 children and 12 adults were missing, he said.

Emergency personnel and equipment were being deployed across affected areas so that “throughout the night we can continue aiding the population and eventually find people beneath the rubble,” Peña Nieto said.

The earthquake comes less than two weeks after the most recent quake in Mexico, which left 98 people dead.

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