• Monty Alexander

7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2017, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico, killing at least 200 while leaving many trapped under rubble. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 75 miles from Mexico City. According to the BBC, earthquakes in Mexico are common, and earlier this month there was an 8.1 magnitude earthquake in southern Mexico which left at least 90 dead.

The earthquake happened exactly 32 years after an earthquake killed thousands in 1985.

Millions were left without power because of the earthquake. The president of Mexico urged residents to avoid being on roads so that emergency vehicles could reach affected areas.

In the capital of Mexico City, about 30 buildings have collapsed, according to the BBC. Officials say the death toll may rise as the cleanup begins.

The earthquake hit the states Morelos, Pubela, and Mexico.

United States President Donald Trump said in a tweet, "God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you."

Schools in Mexico City will be closed until further notice. It is reported that some children have been rescued from the rubble of Enrique Rebsamen school, which partially collapsed during the earthquake.

The airport in Mexico City was also closed but plans to reopen soon as damage to the runways was cleared.

Videos taken by residents show furniture falling over and complete buildings crumbling to the ground from the force of this earthquake.