Mexico Quake : Death Toll Rises To 224, School Building Collapse Leaves 21 Children DeadSeptember 20, 2017 14:06
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Mexico Quake : Death Toll Rises To 224, School Building Collapse Leaves 21 Children Dead:- Around twenty one children were killed after a school building toppled, following a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico on Wednesday. Many buildings were reduced to rubble and at least 224 people were killed in the quake.
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While thousands fled into the streets in panic, many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in Mexico City alone as high-rises across the city pitched sickeningly. Since a 1985 quake on the same date that killed thousands, the quake is the deadliest in Mexico. It came less than two weeks after another powerful quake caused 90 deaths in the country’s south.
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Head of the national Civil Defense agency, Luis Felipe Puente, had confirmed that the death toll had been raised to 149. His tweet said 55 people died in Morelos state, just south of Mexico City, while 49 died in the capital and 32 were killed in nearby Puebla state, where the quake was centered. Ten people died in the State of Mexico, which surrounds Mexico City on three sides, and three were killed in Guerrero state, he said.
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The federal government declared a state of disaster in Mexico City, freeing up emergency funds. President Enrique Pena Nieto said he had ordered all hospitals to open their doors to the injured.
The Mexico City mayor, Mancera, said 50 to 60 people were rescued alive by citizens and emergency workers in the capital. Authorities said at least 70 people in the capital had been hospitalized for injuries. The earth quake sent people throughout the city fleeing from homes and offices, and many people remained in the streets for hours, fearful of returning to the structures. Alarms blared and traffic stopped around the Angel of Independence monument on the iconic Reforma Avenue. Electricity and cellphone service was interrupted in many areas and traffic was snarled as signal lights went dark.
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The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 quake hit at 1:14 PM and was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 123 kilometers southeast of Mexico City. The new quake appeared to be unrelated to the magnitude 8.1 temblor that hit September 7 off Mexico’s southern coast and also was felt strongly in the capital.
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