Death toll from Mexico quake surpasses 200

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A powerful quake jolted central Mexico on Tuesday, killing 216 people, cracking building facades and scattering rubble on streets in the capital.

The death toll is likely to rise as the rescue operation is still in the process said the rescue crews in the Mexico City.

The quake killed as many as 217 people and rescue efforts are underway with heavy machinery clearing debris, and emergency workers climbing into unsafe spots to save those who are trapped as precious time continues to pass. At least 217 people have died.

The town's Instituto Morelos secondary school partly collapsed, but school director Adelina Anzures said the quake drill held in the morning came in handy.

At least 42 people were killed in the central state of Morelos, according to a tweet from the governor, Graco Ramirez. The quake left more than 50 people dead and was the strongest in the country in the last 100 years, according to experts and officials.

People taking to the streets to avoid being inside and helping rescue crews search for survivors.

On that day in 1985, a magnitude 8.0 natural disaster hit, killing those thousands of people in Mexico City, while devastating its infrastructure. When the shaking began, children and teachers filed out rapidly and no one was hurt, she said. Agustin Iglesias said he and his family are scared of what they might find out because they haven't been able to get in touch with his mother, who lives near the epicenter.

TV show host Ellen DeGeneres also took to Twitter, sending her love and support to the people Mexico.

The New York Times noted that the President has convened the country's National Emergency Committee to assess the situation and coordinate relief efforts.

Gislady Skaggs, a passenger aboard the San Francisco-bound flight, described what it looked like on the airport's tarmac.