Death toll in Mexican quake rises to 273

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on the major earthquake that struck Mexico (all times local):

5 p.m.

Mexico’s office of the presidency says the death toll from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen to 273, including 137 in the capital.

The presidency said in a statement Wednesday that there were also 73 deaths in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla, 13 in the State of Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.


2:20 p.m.

Mexico’s navy says there are no missing children at a collapsed Mexico City school where rescuers have been hunting for a girl they believed to be trapped.

Assistant Navy Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento says there is evidence of a person who may still alive, but he says it’s probably a school worker.

The search for the supposedly missing girl has been a focus of attention across the country as a symbol of hope following Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake.

Sarmiento says 11 children were rescued alive after the quake, while 19 children and six adults died.


12:45 p.m.

Outside a collapsed seven-story office building in Mexico City’s trendy Roma Norte district, people have been camped out in tents and on folding chairs since Tuesday’s deadly earthquake, anxiously awaiting word of their loved ones.

They’re increasingly worried three days into the rescue effort — and also getting frustrated with what they say is a lack of information from authorities.

Maria del Carmen Fernandez says her 27-year-old nephew Ivan Colin Fernandez works as an accountant in the seven-story building, which pancaked to the ground.

She says the last time they got an update was late yesterday: That about 14 people were believed to be alive inside, and only three had gotten out.

Fernandez embraced the man’s mother, her sister, who wept without stop into Fernandez’s black fleece sweater.

She says she wants more information. In her words, “I think what kills us most is the desperation of not knowing anything.”


This item has been revised to correct Maria del Carmen Fernandez’s first name.


11:30 a.m.

Rescuers are reinforcing the shaky wreckage of a collapsed school in Mexico City where they are trying to free a trapped girl and any other quake survivors.

The remains of the building had shifted dangerously earlier Thursday morning, prompting some rescuers to evacuate the top of the pile.

Workers have put into place iron beams to prop up the structure. It took a dozen or more men to carry each one.

Stretchers have also been brought to the edge of the building. A large crane is also on…

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