More than 200 dead after earthquake strikes Mexico

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake caused extensive damage to Mexico City, leveling at least 44 buildings, including homes, schools and office buildings, according to President Enrique Pena Nieto.
2:59 | 09/20/17

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all morning long but we'll turn to that devastating earthquake in Mexico, the search on for survivors after that deadly cake struck about 75 miles southeast of Mexico City. The 7.1 magnitude quake skilling more than 200 people. Many are still missing this morning. Our senior national correspondent Matt Gutman is there for us and has the latest. Good morning, Matt. Reporter: Good morning, robin. That death toll continues to rise with each passing hour. We now know that there are at least 20 schoolchildren among the dead. Officials say they were trapped when their building npancaked on top of then and now in Mexico City, the frantic effort to try to rescue those still living. This is what it looked like when the 7.1 quake struck near Mexico City. We just lost a building in Mexico City. Reporter: Powerful enough to pancake office buildings and schools. At least 21 children and four teachers killed after an entire wing of an elementary school collapsed. Rescue workers scrambling to find the missing. Overnight they clawed at the wreckage some with bare hands. The injured hauled away on stretchers, even in the arms of first responders. And that shaking lasted four agonizing minutes. It got more intense and really started shaking. Reporter: Inside this newsroom the walls shaking. Throughout the city alarms blaring, cars frozen the moment the cake struck at a standstill drivers scrambling out. Things in your house are falling over and shattering. Reporter: Throughout central Mexico those choking clouds of dust, people panicking and praying. I still don't feel safe. I feel like I'm living in an aftershock constantly. Reporter: As windows slipped down buildings like sheets of ice debris crushed vehicles. The water at this park splashing as if in a giant bathtub. It struck after safety drills on Tuesday, drills that were put into place after Mexico's deadliest earthquake back in 1985. Shockingly that quake which killed thousands rocked Mexico on the exact same date, September 19th. And hampering the rescue efforts even more is the fact that there is no electricity in much of Mexico City. Nearly 4 million people cut off from power and the roads are in such bad shape that rescuers are struggling even to reach those who need help. One more thing, we flew in here to Guadalajara, a six-hour drive away because the Mexico City airport was so badly damaged. A lot of destruction. President trump has sent his condolences to Mexico saying we are with you and we will be there for you.

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