Over 200 killed as massive quake rocks Mexico

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Dozens of buildings collapsed in a 7.1 magnitude quake that hit Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 226 people around the country.

The quake struck central Mexico at about 2:15 p.m. ET and had a magnitude of 7.1, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Officials said at least 22 children were killed when the school building collapsed, dozens of others are missing. And nine people died in Mexico state, which lies just to the west of Mexico City.

The quake 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. That's up from the 90 people that died from the quake in Mexico that happened just eleven days ago.

Local media reported extensive damage, power outages and fires throughout Mexico City, one of the most populous urban areas in the world.

Rescue workers and residents are searching through the rubble for survivors, amid fears of aftershocks and possible gas leaks.

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More than 100 people were killed in the earthquake

A man walks out of the door frame of a building that collapsed after an natural disaster, in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City.

He said there were 49 deaths in Mexico City.

People remove debris off a building that collapsed in Mexico City. "We are with you and will be there for you", the president wrote on Twitter.

Thirteen people were reported dead in the neighboring states of Mexico and Guerrero. 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.

The country's President Enrique Pena Nieto who visited the scene said: "The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people".

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