Rescue efforts are underway in Mexico City after the deadliest earthquake since 1985 struck the capital on Tuesday, killing over 200 people. As the death toll continues to rise, the total number currently stands at 225.
President Enrique Pena Nieto called the quake “a new national emergency,” and said the priority is to “rescue those who are still trapped and provide medical attention to the injured, according to CNN.
The 7.1 magnitude earthquake occurred around 2:15 PM EST, toppling office buildings, schools, apartment buildings and homes, NBC News reports. The sate of Puebla was marked as the earthquake’s epicenter, which is located 80 miles southeast of Mexico City.
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell in over 44 places, the outlet reports.
Social media videos captured the trauma and terror evoked by the earthquake and poured out love offerings to the victims and survivors.
21 school children were killed in a Mexico City school on Tuesday, trapped under debris. As of Tuesday night, 30 children were still missing, CNN reports. Supporters began circulating circulating posters on social media.
Tuesday’s earthquake marked exactly 30 years to the date of the deadliest earthquake in Mexico. People were gathered outside on Tuesday for an earthquake drill to commemorate the lives lost on September 19, 1985, when the ground violently started shaking.
Less than three weeks ago, a 8.1 earthquake struck the southern coast of Mexico, claiming the lives of at least 90 people.