Search for survivors continues after Mexico City rocked by deadly quake

More than 100 dead in major earthquake near Mexico City

Mexico City on Tuesday was hit by a devastating quake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale killing over 200 people and flattening several buildings.

The quake hit five miles (eight km) southeast of Atencingo in the state of Puebla at a depth of 32 miles (51 km), USGS said.

Education Minister Aurelio Nuño tweeted that all public and private schools in Mexico City, as well as some of the states affected by the quake, will remain closed until further notice.

Tuesday's natural disaster came more than one week after a magnitude-8.1 quake struck off the southern coast of the country, killing at least 90, according to the governor of the hard-hit state of Oaxaca.

Just hours earlier all the buildings in the city had carried out preparation drills for such an event on the anniversary.

Residents of Mexico City, a conurbation of some 20 million people, slept in the streets last night and 40% of homes were without power, said Reuters.

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Many people were also still shaken from the recent quake on September 7, a powerful 8.1 temblor that killed at least 98 people.

People were feared trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings as rescue teams rushed to the hardest-hit areas. Amidst the chaos, Juan Magana, a man who was vacationing in Mexico City say luckily the damage to his hotel wasn't severe, but he did witness several people in distress.

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

Mexican President Pena Nieto has called a meeting of the National Emergency Committee and said the Mexican government is evaluating the situation to coordinate response measures. "We are with you and will be there for you". Mexico City's airport has halted all operations and Israel is planning to send a special aid delegation to the country.

It was the second major tragedy to hit Mexico in less than two weeks after another powerful quake killed 90 people in southern Mexico.

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