As first responders continue to search through rubble after the record breaking 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, the death toll continues to rise, now surpassing 200 total deaths. Scientist say this is the deadliest earthquake to strike the region since 1985.
To add fuel to the fire, the earthquake struck less than two weeks after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck the country and killed over 100 people. According to NBC News, As of Wednesday, the Mexico’s National Defense Agency reported late Wednesday that the death count had reached 217. Several buildings had collapsed as a result of the quake, killing some instantly while others lay trapped under the rubble. Damaged hospitals have made matters all the more catastrophic, as injured civilians are not able to receive treatment.
The president of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto had been on a flight to Oaxaca the day of the earthquake. He said he was immediately return to Mexico City to take emergency action on the situation via Twitter.
En vuelo a Oaxaca. Regreso de inmediato a la Ciudad de México para atender la situación por sismo.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) September 19, 2017
TRANS: [In flight to Oaxaca. Immediately return to the city of Mexico to address the situation by earthquake.]
Several explosions have also been reported due to the earthquake
Huge explosion in Mexico City after 7.1 magnitude earthquake pic.twitter.com/RMv4Fw5WDU
— NUNTIO (@NUNTIO_NEWS) September 19, 2017
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