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One of the most stomach-churning scenes described by various news agencies was at a primary school on Mexico City's south side, where three floors collapsed into one, trapping students and teachers inside.

The powerful quake struck in Puebla, which is 76 miles southeast of Mexico City. In what is perhaps the most astounding and also most awful coincidence that has ever occurred, last night's natural disaster came on the anniversary of another devastating and destructive quake in Mexico City that took place way back in 1985.

"Unfortunately, many people have lost their lives, including boys and girls in schools, buildings and homes", announced Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. The rescue work is still going on as police, firefighters and locals dug through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings, looking for survivors of the quake. At least 44 buildings collapsed in Mexico City and dozens more in surrounding communities.

"The priority now is continue rescuing those who are still trapped and provide medical attention to the injured", said the President early Wednesday.

Rescue missions ensued in Mexico City, which inhabit a population of about 20 million people.

Around 100 people are killed and more than 200 hurt, with the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas most affected.

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The powerful quake that hit the country Wednesday was the second to hit the country in almost two weeks.

Fires broke out across the city as footage showed black plumes erupting over the city's skyline following the quake at 1pm local time.

Out of the 217 confirmed deaths, the a lot of them took place in the worst-hit region, the capital city of the country, Mexico City, with 86 confirmed dead there. "We are with you and will be there for you", Trump said.

Among those collapsed buildings were a kindergarten and many elementary schools.

According to reports, the quake triggered tsunami warnings in several countries and caused people to flee into the street with buildings swayed and lights going out in Mexico City, some 650 miles from the epicenter.

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