Hundreds of buildings toppled in deadly Mexico quake

Calvin Saunders
September 21, 2017

The capital's airport suspended operations after the 7.1 magnitude quake, and buildings across the city were evacuated. Another 36 deaths have been reported in Mexico City, at least nine in neighbouring Mexico state, and 29 in the state of Puebla to the south.

The natural disaster comes just days after Mexico was hit by an 8.1 magnitude tremor, the biggest to hit Mexico in a century, killing at least 98 people.

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Many people were also still shaken from the recent quake on September 7, a powerful 8.1 temblor that killed at least 98 people.

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told local media that at least 30 people had died in the capital, where buildings collapsed or were badly damaged at 44 points throughout the city.

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About 40% of Mexico City remained without power as rescue workers dug through the night in search of survivors.

US President Donald Trump tweeted: "God bless the people of Mexico City". Mexico City's global airport suspended operations.

The video shows scores of residents working diligently to clear the remains of collapsed buildings in the La Colonia del Valle district in the north of Mexico City.

In addition, a delegation of 50 soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command is scheduled to leave for to Mexico City on Wednesday afternoon to assist in the aftermath of the quake.

"We are facing a new national emergency", Peña Nieto said in an address. The disaster came as Mexico was still reeling from a powerful tremor that killed almost 100 people in the south of the country less than two weeks ago. Below you see a graph published by CNN based on the information of the US Geological Survey, with the intensity of this quake.

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