Marcha 21, 2018

21 schoolchildren killed in powerful Mexico quake

01 Octubre 2017, 04:55 | Martinez Canez

Damages are seen after an earthquake hit in Mexico City Mexico

Damages are seen after an earthquake hit in Mexico City Mexico

Students of the Mexico City school that collapsed after a powerful quake hit Tuesday afternoon were seen being pulled out of the rubble in dramatic video posted to social media.

The quake, which killed at least 93 people in the capital, struck 32 years-to the day-after a 1985 natural disaster that killed thousands. Eleven people have been rescued, and three people are still missing from the school's roster - two children and a teacher.

In the neighborhoods of Roma, Condesa, del Valle, Coapa and other affected parts of Mexico City, people continued to show up throughout the afternoon and night, tools in hand and ready to work. When seismic waves pass through, the lakebed jiggles, causing even more violent shaking aboveground.

Some media reports indicate there could be at least two other girls with her.

Human chains of rescuers sped up efforts to remove rubble from collapsed buildings in Mexico City today, assisted by dogs and heat sensors, in a bid to find survivors of the quake from three days ago.

Volunteers, rescuers and medics are working their way to clear out the rubble in the city. Powerful jolts shook buildings, reducing them to rubble.

Throughout the area, more than 50 people have been rescued alive from the rubble left behind.

"Unfortunately many people have lost their lives, including girls and boys in schools, buildings and houses".

Rescue workers were desperately trying to reach several children believed to be alive beneath the wreckage in the early hours of Thursday - more than 40 hours after the quake struck. He declared three days of national mourning to honour the victims and told loved ones: "Mexico shares your pain". Companies provided free services, and restaurants delivered food to shelters where thousands of people have sought refuge after their homes were damaged.

Rescuers are continuing to search for survivors using thermal scanners and cameras to locate bodies, and ropes, pry bars and sledge-hammers to break up and move rubble.

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