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Egypt extends condolences to Mexico over earthquake victims

Wednesday 20/September/2017 - 05:05 PM
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Egypt has offered Wednesday its deep condolences to Mexico over numerous human deaths caused by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico on Tuesday.

In a statement issued by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, Egypt asserted full solidarity to Mexico and its people in that ordeal, calling God to inspire the victims’ families with patience and strength، and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.

Noteworthy, a strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital، Mexico City, according to bbc news.

At least 30 people, mostly children, died after a school collapsed in the capital, local media report.

The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage in neighbouring states.

It struck shortly after many people had taken part in an earthquake drill, exactly 32 years after a quake killed thousands in Mexico City.

The country is prone to earthquakes and earlier this month an 8.1 magnitude tremor in the south left at least 90 people dead.

Though it struck a similar region, Tuesday's earthquake does not appear to be connected with the quake on 7 September، which was at least 30 times more energetic, the BBC's Jonathan Amos writes.

Where was worst hit?
The epicentre of the latest quake was near Atencingo in Puebla state, about 120km (75 miles) from Mexico City, with a depth of 51km, the US Geological Survey says.

The prolonged tremor hit at 13:14 local time (18:14 GMT) on Tuesday and sent thousands of residents into the streets.

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