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More than 200 dead in Mexico earthquake

Damages are seen after an earthquake hit in Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2017. (Photo credit: by Claudia Daut/REUTERS)

AT LEAST 248 people died in Mexico City and in the states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos, officials said following a powerful earthquake which killed scores and leaving many trapped under collapsed buildings, CNN reports.

The epicenter of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake was 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles (55 km) south-southwest of the city of Puebla, in Puebla state, according to the US Geological Survey.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said 22 bodies were found in the debris of an elementary school in Mexico City that collapsed due to the earthquake. At least 30 children were still missing Tuesday night (Sep 19), he said.

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

Tuesday's earthquake came more than one week after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck off the southern coast of the country, killing at least 90, according to the governor of the hard-hit state of Oaxaca.

In Mexico City, thousands of soldiers, rescuers and civilians were working together to dig through piles of rubble from crumbled buildings.

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