By Steve Dellar   |  09-20-2017   News
Photo credit: @HurricaneData | Twitter

As we’ve informed you a few hours ago, Mexico was hit by a 7.4 earthquake today. That story here:

http://thegoldwater.com/news/8334-Breaking-7-4-Magnitude-Earthquake-Rocks-Mexico-in-Gravitating-Show-of-Force

The centre of the quake lay only 100 miles from the capital Mexico City, where the devastation and despair is very high. So far 150 people have died and the death toll is expected to reach much higher in the coming days. Many people are missing and trapped in crumbled buildings.

According to authorities, 55 people were killed in Morelos, 49 in Mexico City, 32 in Puebla state, 10 in the state of Mexico and three in the coastal area of Guerrero.

There have been 11 aftershocks already, with the biggest reported one topping 4 on the Richter scale.

Across the city, several buildings collapsed when the quake hit as you can see in this video:

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pray4Mexico?src=hash">#Pray4Mexico</a> 🙏View of the city not looking good. Gas tank on fire, dust from fallen buildings <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mexico?src=hash">#Mexico</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/earthquake?src=hash">#earthquake</a> <a href="https://t.co/YvKIBDeGgg">pic.twitter.com/YvKIBDeGgg</a></p>&mdash; Woman Voter (@WomanVote) <a href="https://twitter.com/WomanVote/status/910216505295478784">September 19, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Fears were great amongst first responders when they noticed the scale of devastation across the city and the number of buildings that were flattened. Unfortunately those fears have come true as the death toll is rising by the minute.

Hospitals are struggling to cope with the need of the many wounded, and makeshift hospitals have been set up in parks across Mexico City.

The President of Mexico, Mr Enrique Pena Nieto, is ordering all hospitals to treat the wounded, regardless of whether they have health coverage or not, whilst AT&T allows Mexicans to call each other at no cost in order to make sur that people know their families are safe.

One of the worst stories is that of an elementary school which collapsed with the children still inside the class. Rescue efforts in that school are still ongoing at this point.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Part of Colegio Enrique Rebsamen, an elementary school in Mexico City, collapsed following the powerful earthquake <a href="https://t.co/KVdUKSrwNe">pic.twitter.com/KVdUKSrwNe</a></p>&mdash; BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/910299898616180736">September 20, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Earlier this month an 8.1 magnitude tremor in the south left at least 90 dead.

Source:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41327593

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