WATCH: Major earthquake rocks central Mexico – hundreds feared dead

DEADLY: Buildings collapsed like packs of cards

MORE than 150 people are feared dead, including schoolchildren, after a powerful earthquake struck central Mexico.

The quake struck just after 1pm (local time) with its epicentre about 100 miles from Mexico City.

Buildings crumbled, power and telephone lines were brought down forcing thousands out on onto the streets.

Residents and workers dug with their bare hands to free anyone trapped in tumbled buildings and crushed cars before emergency services and heavy lifting machinery arrived. 

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake  came on the 32nd anniversary of the huge 1985 quake that left  more than 5,000 dead.

Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto visited the scene of a primary school where at least 20 children and two adults died. Thirty schoolchildren are still missing.

Mexico is regarded  as a highly active region. The country sits at the boundary of three pieces (tectonic plates) of the Earth’s crust.

On 7 Septmber an 8.1 magnitued earthquake struck roughly 400 miles southeast in Mexico that killed at least 90 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

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