At Least 248 Dead After a 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico


September 20, 2017

20 children have been confirmed dead after school collapsed, with another 30 children and 8 adults still missing.


  • At least 248 people are dead after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico on anniversary of major 1985 quake.
  • Epicenter was located in Puebla, around 75 miles from Mexico City which has borne the brunt of the damage.
  • 20 children have been confirmed dead after school collapsed, with another 30 children and 8 adults missing.
  • It comes just days after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit the country, killing another 98 people. 


At least 248 people are dead after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Mexico on Tuesday causing widespread devastation across Mexico City where a school has collapsed.

Twenty children and two adults were confirmed dead after being found in the debris of the Enrique Rebsamen school, with a further 30 children and eight adults still missing as of 2am Wednesday.

The tremor struck near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, and came on the anniversary of another devastating earthquake in 1985. 

It also came just days after another 8.1-magnitude earthquake which struck Chipas, killed at least 98 people, and hours after nationwide emergency practice drills. 

Horrifying images coming out of the country's capital show rubble strewn across roads and enormous chunks of collapsed buildings laying on the ground with hundreds of terrified locals fleeing onto the streets.

Volunteer rescue worker Pedro Serrano, 29, a doctor, was one of the rescuers who managed to make it inside the collapsed school where he found a classroom with all of the occupants dead.  

'We dug holes, then crawled in on our bellies,' Serrano said.

'We managed to get into a collapsed classroom. We saw some chairs and wooden tables. The next thing we saw was a leg, and then we started to move rubble and we found a girl and two adults - a woman and a man.'

Asked if there was hope of finding anyone alive, Serrano looked weary but said workers were still trying despite the danger.

'We can hear small noises, but we don't know if they're coming from above or below, from the walls above (crumbling), or someone below calling for help.' 


The government of Mexico has 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 after the magnitude 7.1 quake. 

As of late Tuesday 40 percent of Mexico City and 60 percent of Morelos state have no electricity, he said. 

Rescue workers were continuing to search and listening for sounds from the rubble.   

In a video message to the country, Pena Nieto urged the Mexican people to remain calm, and said that while many would need help, authorities had to focus on those trapped in wrecked buildings.

'The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people,' he said.


This image from the US Geological Survey shows how various areas were affected as the shockwaves spread out across Mexico. Mexico City, being at the bottom of a former lake bed, was particularly hard hit.


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