Mexico earthquake death toll surpasses 200

Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico was becoming a greater tragedy with each passing hour.

Early Wednesday, Mexico’s civil defense agency said the death toll stood at 226 — as rescue teams continued to search for survivors in the rubble of collapsed buildings in Mexico City and surrounding states.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City.

Damaged buildings included the Philippines Embassy in Mexico City, but staffers there were unhurt.

Rescue workers and volunteers searched a collapsed building in downtown Mexico City, Sept. 19, 2017.

 (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Twenty children and two adults died when a school collapsed in Mexico City, where 30 children and eight adults were still missing.

Late Tuesday, Mexico’s president issued a video statement urging people to stay calm in the aftermath of the quake. President Enrique Pena Nieto said many people will need help, but the initial focus has to be on finding people trapped in wrecked buildings.

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