Huge earthquake topples buildings, killing more than 200 in Mexico

Iraqi forces on outskirts of Annah's industrial, Shishan neighborhoods
Iraqi forces on outskirts of Annah's industrial, Shishan neighborhoods

A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, the BBC reported on Wednesday.


At least 30 people, mostly children, died after a school collapsed in the capital, local media report.

 

The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage in neighbouring states.

 

It struck shortly after many people had taken part in an earthquake drill, exactly 32 years after a quake killed thousands in Mexico City.

 

The country is prone to earthquakes and earlier this month an 8.1 magnitude tremor in the south left at least 90 people dead.

 

Though it struck a similar region, Tuesday's earthquake does not appear to be connected with the quake on 7 September, which was at least 30 times more energetic.

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