Mexico reels from second earthquake in 2 weeks


Posted at Sep 21 2017 01:47 PM

Still reeling from a devastating earthquake that struck less than two weeks ago, Mexico on Tuesday was hit by a deadlier and more destructive temblor close to capital Mexico City.

The 7.1-magnitude earthquake cost more lives and wrought greater destruction. Buildings were completely destroyed and over 200 were killed.

In one area, a private school was flattened, killing at least 21 children.

The earthquake was the deadliest to hit the country in 30 years, exactly on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed more than 5,000.

Mexican rescue teams search for people trapped in the rubble at the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school in Mexico City on Wednesday. Mario Vasquez, AFP

Rescuers work at a the site of a collapsed building on Wednesday, after the earthquake in Mexico City. Henry Romero, Reuters

People walk past victims of the powerful quake in Atzala, Puebla, Mexico on Tuesday. Jose Casta-Ares, AFP

Rescue workers remove a body from rubble in a floodlit search for students at Enrique Rebsamen school on Wednesday in Mexico City. Carlos Jasso, Reuters

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (center) visits the Rebsamen school in Mexico City on Tuesday. Handout, AFP

People carry a casket holding the body of a person who died on Wednesday when the roof of a church collapsed after the earthquake. Imelda Medina, Reuters

Rescuers and people work at a collapsed building after the deadly earthquake hit Mexico City. Henry Romero, Reuters

Soldiers and rescue workers search through the rubble of a collapsed building on Wednesday after the quake. Henry Romero, Reuters

People sleep and rest on mattresses laid on the street after the destructive earthquake. Ginnette Riquelme, Reuters

People pass buckets and shovels to remove the ruins of a building destroyed by the earthquake. Ginnette Riquelme, Reuters

Mexican rescue teams search for people trapped in what used to be the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school. Mario Vasquez, AFP

Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers look for survivors in a building flattened by the quake. Yuri Cortez, AFP

Toys and a baby walker are seen in a building torn down by the strong quake. Alfredo Estrella, AFP

A woman cries on the phone as the search for survivors continued a day after the strong quake hit central Mexico. Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP

People are wrapped in an embrace near a building obliterated by the quake. Ginnette Riquelme, Reuters

Rescuers and volunteers search for survivors amid the rubble and debris of a multistory building flattened by a 7.1-magnitude quake. Yuri Cortez, AFP

A firefighter and a rescuer search for survivors in Mexico City. Alfredo Estrella, AFP

A man is pulled out of the rubble alive in Mexico City as the search for survivors continued. Pedro Pardo, AFP