140 killed, 22 injured as deadliest natural disaster in 30 yrs rocks Mexico

- September 19, 1985: One of the most powerful ever in the country, this 8.1-strong quake kills at least 10,000 people in Mexico City, though some estimates put the toll as high as 30,000.

The epicentre of the latest quake was near Atencingo in Puebla state, about 120km (75 miles) from Mexico City, with a depth of 51km, the US Geological Survey said.

A major natural disaster has struck central Mexico, with reports that at least 217 people have been killed and thousands forced on to the streets.

The epicenter was near Raboso, a town in the state of Puebla, but could be felt 76 miles away in Mexico City.

Yesterday's quake struck 32 years to the day after the devastating 1985 quake that killed thousands in Mexico City. One such collapse was in the southern part of the city, where portions of a three-story school building collapsed, killing at least 25 inside - most of whom were children.

Rescue workers scrabbled through piles of rubble on Wednesday in a harrowing search for dozens of children feared buried under a Mexico City school, among hundreds of buildings destroyed by the country's most lethal quake in a generation.

The Associated Press report that dozens of buildings have collapsed so far, including more than 40 in Mexico City alone.

Mexico's president Enrique Pena Nieto declared a state of emergency and says rescue efforts are the priority.

Children can be heard screaming as they are trapped between concrete slabs in Mexico City.

It is the second quake to hit Mexico this month.

Javier Trevina, the education secretary, told local news media that eight adults also died when the school collapsed. Several people died at the site, but workers shouted "Yes, we can!" when a survivor was carried out of the wreckage. Below you see a graph published by CNN based on the information of the US Geological Survey, with the intensity of this natural disaster.

The walls of some building sheered off, others just collapsed.

Mexico City International Airport suspended operations, while electricity and phone lines were down in parts of the capital.

  • Joe Gonzales