At least 248 dead as ruinous quake rips through Mexico

Sep 20, 2017, 3:31 AM EDT
Rescue workers dig through rubble to find survivors in Mexico City. REUTERS/Claudia Daut
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A 7.1 magnitude earthquake jolted central Mexico on Tuesday, knocking down dozens of buildings in the capital Mexico City and leaving at least 248 people dead on a day that coincided with the 32nd anniversary of the deadly 1985 quake.

More than 20 children died and 30 others were missing after a school building in Mexico City collapsed, notes the BBC. Nearly two million people in the capital are under a blackout; phone lines are down as rescue and relief workers toil hard to find and pull out survivors from the rubble.

The disaster revealed the irony of the situation to many Mexicans, who hours before the tremor, participated in apparently futile quake drills, which are more or less order of the day in the country given it shaky past, writes CNN.