Mexico: Death toll from catastrophic earthquake exceeds 200

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Death toll from massive earthquake which jolted Mexico on Tuesday, September 19 has surpassed 200. Powerful jolts shook buildings, reducing them to rubble. Rescue workers, volunteers and soldiers continued frantic search for survivors buried under the wreckage and debris.

Earthquake death toll in Mexico

A massive earthquake of magnitude 7.1 whipped dozens of buildings in central Mexico turning them into dust and debris. At least 225 people are confirmed to have lost their lives. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said: “The priority now is to continue rescuing those who are still trapped and provide medical attention to the injured.”

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“Unfortunately many people have lost their lives, including girls and boys in schools, buildings and houses. I want to express my condolences to those who lost a family member or a loved one. Mexico shares your grief,” President Peña Nieto said.

A three day national mourning has been announced in the Mexico as the country reels from the devastation ushered in by two massive quakes in 12- days’ time. Tuesday’s quake occurred at a depth of 51 kilometers because of which it was devastating.

Authorities while detailing the magnitude of destruction stated that 25 dead bodies were uncovered from beneath the debris of the Enrique Rebsamen School in Mexico City’s Coapa district. 21 of them were schoolchildren authorities confirmed.

Education Secretary said that more than 2,000 public schools were damaged as a result of the powerful quake. In Mexico city alone, 212 schools had been damaged while 16 out of them were seriously damaged.

This month two powerful earthquakes shook Mexico with a gap of 12 days. On September 7, just before midnight a massive earthquake of magnitude-8.1 hit Mexico. Southern Mexico bore the brunt of the quake as it was closest to the epicenter off the Pacific Coast. This was the most powerful quake to hit Mexico in a century’s time.

After 12 days, on Tuesday, September 19 while the cleanup and recovery operations another quake of magnitude of 7.1 struck about 100 miles southeast of Mexico City. The recent quake occurred on the anniversary of a massive quake in 1985; the deadly quake in 1985 had left about 10,000 people dead.