More than 200 killed in Mexico quake

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Thousands of rescuers raced against time to find survivors on Wednesday after a 7.1-magnitude quake struck Mexico, killing at least 217 people, leaving many trapped under collapsed buildings and forcing people to flood the streets for a second time in two weeks.

A civil protection official in Puebla said two people had been killed after a school collapsed, while Mexico state's governor confirmed eight deaths, including a quarry worker killed by a rockslide and another victim hit by a falling lamppost.

The quake comes two weeks after at least 96 people died in an 8.1 magnitude quake that struck off the southern Pacific coast of Mexico on September 7.

Parts of colonial-era churches crumbled in the adjacent state of Puebla, where the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the quake's epicenter some 100 miles (158 km) southwest of the capital.

Buildings across Mexico City spent the day holding preparation drills for the anniversary of an 8.0 magnitude quake that struck in 1985, according to the Associated Press.

At least 25 people, most of whom were children, died inside a private school that collapsed in the quake.

Mexico City's mayor said, in the capital alone, at least 44 buildings came crashing to the ground.

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LATA understands that Mexico City airport was closed temporarily, due to damage in one of the terminals, but has now reopened.

People clear the rubble in Mexico City.

The powerful 8.1 quake from earlier this month - the strongest to hit the country in 8 decades - left almost 100 people dead.

Javier Trevina, the education secretary, told local news media that eight adults also died when the school collapsed.

"People are really scared right now", said dentist Claudia Meneses who was in her clinic in Mexico City's Lindavista neighborhood when the natural disaster struck in the afternoon.

Mexico City, the country's capital, was the worst hit. "We are with you and will be there for you".

Most of Mexico's 40,000-strong Jewish population lives in Mexico City, with many Mexican Jews tracing their ancestry back hundreds of years.

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