Wittenberg student studying in Mexico safe following deadly quake

Wittenberg student studying in Mexico safe following deadly quakeā€¯

About three dozen buildings collapsed.

I'm trying not to be anxious, but it's hard to tell what the night will bring. "It's the same nightmare as in 1985", Georgina Sanchez, 52, sobbed to AFP in a plaza in the capital.

A government official previously stated as many as 248 people had died, but that number was later revised.

The unfortunate event in Mexico City united everyone, and you could see thousands of soldiers, rescuers, college students and civilians digging through the piles of devastated buildings.

The federal Education Department reported late Tuesday that 25 bodies had been recovered from the school's wreckage, all but four of them children.

Rescue workers are continuing to scrabble through rubble, searching for survivors, including dozens of children feared buried beneath a Mexico City school.

NBC reports anxious parents have received WhatsApp messages from children trapped in the rubble.

When the Enrique Rebsamen School fell, it did not do so lightly.

"Unfortunately many people have lost their lives, including girls and boys in schools, buildings and houses".

Mexican media showed images of desperate locals forming human chains in search of people still trapped in collapsed buildings after nightfall. A column of smoke rose from a structure in one central neighbourhood in the capital.

The 7.1-magnitude earthquake's epicenter was 2.8 miles east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles south-southwest of the city of Puebla, reports the US Geological Survey. The death toll is likely to mount as rescue crews claw through rubble.

The disaster came as Mexico was still reeling from a powerful tremor that killed almost 100 people in the south of the country less than two weeks ago.

Nissan Motor Co., the largest automaker in Mexico, said there were no deaths or injuries at its Mexico City headquarters or its assembly plant nearby in Cuernavaca, a city in the state of Morelos. This included a quarry worker who was killed when the quake unleashed a rockslide and another person who was hit by a falling lamppost.

In a stroke of awful coincidence, Tuesday's quake struck 32 years to the day to one of the worst temblors in the country's history. People left homes, offices and shops and headed to designated safe areas promoted days ahead of time.

The Instituto Morelos secondary school partly collapsed in Jojutla, but school director Adelina Anzures said the natural disaster drill that the school held in the morning was a boon when the real thing hit just two hours later.

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