Powerful Earthquake Shakes Mexico City

Image People remove debris of a damaged building after a real quake rattled Mexico City

Powerful earthquake jolts Mexico, sways buildings in capital

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centred near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 123 kilometres southeast of Mexico City.

President Donald Trump even got in the mix and tweeted out: "God bless the people of Mexico City" after news of the quake broke, and added that the US was "with you and will be there for you".

Rescue workers were scrabbling through rubble Wednesday in a floodlit search for dozens of children feared buried beneath a Mexico City school, one of hundreds of buildings destroyed by the country's most lethal natural disaster in a generation. The Mexican interior minister confirmed today that at least 224 people were killed but the number is expected to rise as many are still trapped in collapsed buildings.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said 22 bodies were found in the debris of an elementary school in Mexico City that collapsed due to the quake.

Shocking video footage shows the moment a building collapses in Mexico City after a 7.1 quake struck near the Mexican state of Puebla on Tuesday.

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Mexico's president Enrique Pena Nieto declared a state of emergency and says rescue efforts are the priority. "The navy was out and the damage is quite widespread across many parts of the city", he said. "We are with you and will be there for you".

Abella said the Philippine government, through the Philippine Embassy in Mexico City, was closely monitoring the situation in Mexico and keeping in touch with the leaders of the Filipino community there to ensure their safety.

The Mexico City mayor saying 44 buildings were severely damaged or destroyed in the heavily populated capital.

It was the second major tragedy to hit Mexico in less than two weeks after another powerful quake killed 90 people in southern Mexico.

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