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Volunteers and rescue workers search for children trapped inside at the destroyed school

MEXICO: A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, toppling buildings, killing 248 people including children in a school

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

  • A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico on Tuesday, in Puebla state, 123km from Mexico City.
  • At least 248 people have been killed, including 55 in Morelos, 49 in Mexico City, and 32 in Puebla state.
  • It was the most powerful earthquake since one which hit Mexico City in 1985, killing thousands.
  • Citizens and rescuers were working through the night to dig people out of rubble.
  • Dozens of buildings have collapsed, including more than 40 in Mexico City alone.
  • Government officials have said at least 21 children and several adults have died at an elementary school in the city, after it partially collapsed. 500 soldiers and Navy marines are among those searching for children and employees still missing.
  • 15 people were reportedly killed when a church on the slopes of a volcano – which appeared to have a small eruption following the earthquake – collapsed during a mass.
  • President Enrique Peña Nieto has called for calm as the authorities assess the damage.
  • More than 11 aftershocks have been registered, with the strongest reaching magnitude 4.
  • World leaders have expressed their sympathy and offered support to Mexico, which was still reeling from a fatal earthquake in the south of the country just two weeks ago.
  • The US Geological Survey predicted up to 1,000 fatalities will come from the earthquake, and an economic impact of between US$1bn and $10bn

25 DEAD AT MEXICO CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

At least 21 children and four adults have died at the Enrique Rebsámen elementary school, the public education undersecretary has confirmed.

Elevent children have been rescued, but Animal Politico said at least 28 were still missing.

Part of the school – which reports have said was four storeys high – collapsed during the earthquake, trapping students and employees inside.

INSET PHOTO: Volunteers and rescue workers search for children trapped inside at the destroyed school