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140 killed, 22 injured as deadliest quake in 30 yrs rocks Mexico

21 September 2017, 12:28 | Darrell Baldwin

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Image People react as a real quake rattles Mexico City

According to Mexico's civil protection agency, at least 226 people were killed in the powerful quake.

At least 139 people were killed after an natural disaster of 7.1 magnitude on the Richter scale struck central Mexico on Tuesday, flattening buildings and crushing cars and people, The Guardian reported. The epicenter was southeast of Mexico City, about 70 miles away - 100 miles by road. At least 22 children and two adults were found dead, while 30 children and 12 adults remain missing, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto said.

While thousands of people are now stranded in the streets because they just witnessed how their own homes were destroyed in a few minutes by the powerful shaking, the most recent reports show that at least 40 people went missing, majority children.

A major 7.1 magnitude quake hitting near Mexico City on Tuesday (September 19), the death toll climbing to over 130.

"We are facing a new national emergency", Peña Nieto told citizens earlier on his first address following the natural disaster.

At least 138 people have been killed in a powerful 7.1-magnitude quake in Mexico, authorities say.

This is a breaking news story. According to Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed sickeningly.

Canada was prepared to help in the recovery efforts, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement Tuesday.

Fires broke out across the city as footage showed black plumes erupting over the city's skyline following the quake at 1pm local time. Just hours before the quake hit, many people took part in drills and commemorative events.

US President Donald Trump tweeted: "God bless the people of Mexico City".

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