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Summary

  1. A huge earthquake has killed more than 200 people in central Mexico
  2. Almost half of those killed died in the capital, Mexico City
  3. A school in Mexico City's Coapa district collapsed, killing at least 30 people, mostly children
  4. Hundreds of volunteers have joined emergency services in the search for survivors
  5. The magnitude 7.1 quake had its epicentre in Puebla, south-east of the capital
  6. Four thousand troops have been brought in to help

Live Reporting

By Gareth Evans and Claudia Allen

All times stated are UK

The search goes on

Thank you for following our live coverage of the aftermath of Mexico's worst earthquake in over 30 years.

At time of writing, Mexican officials are still searching through collapsed buildings, including one school where an eight-year-old girl named Frida has been spotted by rescuers.

The Mexican government has confirmed that 255 people have died around the country, and at least 38 buildings collapsed on Mexico City during Tuesday's quake.

As the sun sets on Mexico City, the country's foreign minister tells BBC News at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York that "the world is embracing Mexico".

For all the latest updates, go to our main story here.

'The world is embracing Mexico'

Speaking to the BBC at the UN General Assembly in New York, Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso says his country is overwhelmed by the international response to the quake.

'The world is embracing Mexico' - foreign minister at UN meetings

Race to find Frida

The El Universal daily newspaper reports that the eight-year-old girl detected under the rubble of her school is named Frida.

She was discovered trapped in a space only "45cm high" (17.5in).

Rescuers also tell El Universal their thermal detection equipment may have also picked up signs of life in other parts of the building.

They believe there may be three other people trapped alive inside the collapsed building.

Israel sends troops

The Israeli Defence Forces have sent 70 soldiers, including building engineers, to Mexico City to help with structural assessments.

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Hundreds hold handwritten signs

Rajini Vaidyanathan

BBC News

In the heat and humidity of Mexico City, there's also hope. Police officers guard a six-storey office and residential building in the bohemian La Condesa neighbourhood. The concrete structure has been flattened to a towering mass of bricks and twisted metal.

The damage is so severe I have to look at the building next door, which remains intact, to get an idea of its neighbour's pre-quake state. Moments later a team of rescuers in blue overalls and red hats strap head torches on as they prepare to enter the building.

More than 50 people have been rescued in this city so far. People here are determined to make sure the number of those saved outpaces the death toll.

As is often the case in the wake of a devastating natural disaster, people are also displaying resilience. Hundreds of people are wandering the streets holding handwritten signs that offer water and food to people. A man also holds a sign that says "no smoking". The earthquake has also led to many gas leaks and that, as well as the fear of further aftershocks, remains a concern here.

Block 'completely flattened'

The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan sends us this report from Mexico City in front of an apartment block that became a tomb for 20 residents when it collapsed.

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Fears of gas leaks across the city

Dario Brooks from BBC Mundo says that authorities south of Mexico City are also warning of possible gas leaks.

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Mexican federal police on patrol

The official Twitter account of the Mexican federal police has just tweeted images of their patrolmen who are working with rescuers to save as many people trapped and injured as possible.

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They have also just sent these images of flying "air hospitals" transporting critically wounded people to emergency rooms around the country.

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Latest tweets from Mexico's president

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, declaring "every minute counts to save lives", said his government's immediate priority was to rescue those trapped in collapsed buildings and tend to those who have been injured.

"My gratitude and recognition to the thousands of volunteers and public servants who are participating in the rescue work," the Mexican leader wrote on his @EPN account.

The priority continues to be rescuing people in collapsed structures and looking after the injured, he added.

He also said he was grateful for "the expressions of solidarity and support from friendly nations".

Mexican civil protection authorities said 225 people had been reported killed so far in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which wrecked and destroyed dozens of buildings in Mexico City and in five Mexican states.

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Rescuers call for silence

Rescuers at the scene of a collapsed school are asking for silence, as they listen for sounds below the rubble.

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Resilience from volunteers

The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan is in Mexico City, where officials have described how 38 buildings were toppled in that area. Fifty-two people have been rescued so far in the city.

But more than 200 people are thought to have died in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

Our correspondent says scores of volunteers have been handing out water, and assisting in rescue operations.

"That really is the resilience that we often see in the wake of these devastating natural disasters," she adds.

Rescuers 'close to reaching girl'

Televisa, the Mexican TV channel say that a student is about to be pulled out of the rubble, 24 hours after the earthquake. As yet there is no independent confirmation that a rescue is about to unfold

On the road despite the quake

The earthquake isn't stopping some people from trying to continue as normal.The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan has arrived in Mexico City, and shared this image of a damaged car that's still on the road.

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'Entire class could be trapped'

The BBC's Aleem Maqbool is at the collapsed primary school in Mexico City which he says is "the symbol of so much loss" following the earthquake.

He said rescuers believe there could be an entire class of children, along with their teachers, trapped inside the school, which is in the city's southern Coapa district.

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Volunteers queue to help

The BBC's Paul Blake tweets from Mexico City:

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Messages from beneath the rubble

The BBC's Juan Paullier is at a collapsed primary school in Mexico City where at least 21 children and four adults have died.

He says people trapped under the rubble have been sending text messages to their relatives.

More than 500 members of the army and navy, along with 200 police officers and volunteers, have been working at the site, Mexican newspaper Milenio says.

"Some voices have been heard," Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said after visiting the rescue operation.

"In the time I have been here, I have seen how at times they have asked for total silence, solidarity to listen for the voices."

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Watch: Volunteers and army move supplies

A video shared by the Mexican President's office shows volunteers and military personnel carrying supplies at the Campo Marte venue in Mexico City.

Hundreds of volunteers have joined the emergency services to assist with relief efforts.

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Trump speaks to Pena Nieto

US President Donald Trump had " a lengthy call" with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto following the earthquake, the White House has said.

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders gave no other details about the conversation.

Yesterday, President Trump tweeted: "God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you."

Chaos at Mexico City school

Alberto Nájar

BBC Mundo, Mexico City

BBC Mundo's Alberto Nájar describes the scene at a collapsed primary school in Mexico City, where at least 21 children and five adults have died:

In the midst of chaos, desperate screams and police and soldiers trying to form a human wall.

A well-built man in a blue t-shirt stumbles towards a medical station. Two soldiers hold him up. Very pale, he stammers his name, Leonardo, and says he has to go back because his child is still under rubble at the collapsed school.

He tries to stand, but a medic stops him.

“Your blood pressure’s at 180, you could have a heart attack,” she says while giving treatment.

“What’s your son’s name?” I ask. His gaze stays fixed on the school as he answers, “Alfredito”.

The medic takes his chin in her hand and makes him count, as a way of helping him concentrate and lifting him out of the shock.

“You have to be strong for him,” she says. “Your son needs you.”

Ten minutes later he manages to steady himself and walk back to the school, devastated.

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Church collapses during baptism

A second church has reportedly collapsed in Puebla.

The 17th century building in Atzala fell during a baptism, killing 11 people including the baby, officials told Efe news agency.

They report that the parson and the sacristan were able to escape unscathed.

Earlier, it was reported that the earthquake caused a church on the slopes of the Popocatepetl volcano, also in Puebla, to collapse, killing 15 people.

The church is shown severely damaged with no roof, surrounded by rubble
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University sends architects to assess damage

The National Autonomous University of Mexico, which is based in Mexico City, says it is training 400 architects and engineers to assess the damage from the earthquake.

They said: "Some 400 architects and engineers are now being trained to carry out the valuations on the properties affected in the affected states."

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Mobile food units in Puebla

The Governor of the state of Puebla has shared images of mobile food shelters in Atzitzihuacan and Izucar de Matamoros, which are in the south of the state.

The epicentre of the quake was in Puebla, and 43 people are known to have died there.

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Death toll at primary school stands at 25

Mexico's education minister says 21 children and four adults have died at the Enrique Rébsamen primary school which collapsed in Mexico City's southern Coapa district.

Local media had earlier reported a higher death toll.

Eleven people have been rescued while three were still missing, the minister said.

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Residents advised to seek temporary shelter

The office of the Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has tweeted advice to those in the state of Morelos. "If you live in Morelos, and your home was damaged, go to a temporary shelter", it said.

Earlier, the state's Governor, Graco Ramirez, shared a list of temporary shelters in Morelos.

71 people are known to have died in the state and almost 200 people have been hospitalised.

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Frustration over helicopters

On social media, some are suggesting that rescue efforts are being made more difficult by helicopters flying over the earthquake site.

Claudia Sheinbaum, an official from the Tlalpan borough of Mexico City, reportedly told a local radio station: "We call on the media that support us do not fly over the area, so we are able to listen for people who are alive".

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Almost 200 hospitalised in Morelos

The Governor of the state of Morelos says 196 people have been hospitalised there.

71 people are known to have died in the central Mexican state.

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Check workplaces are safe

Mexico's Secretary of State for Labour has tweeted a statement in response to the earthquake.

Alfonso Navarrete advises employers to make sure workplaces are safe before allowing their employees back inside.

This applies in Mexico City, Morelos, Puebla, Mexico state and Guerrero.

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Many children killed at primary school

At least 30 people, mostly children, died at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City during the earthquake, local media say.

At least 209 schools were affected, 15 of which have suffered severe damage.

Read the full story here.

BreakingDeath toll rises to 225

The head of Mexico's civil defence agency says 225 people are now known to have died in the earthquake, 94 of them in Mexico City and 71 in Morelos state.

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'You see the best in people at times like this'

Since the earthquake happened, there has been praise for the selfless actions of people who rushed to help victims.

"Everyone has come together," said Frederik Trovatten, who lives in Mexico City.

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People help emergency workers search for survivors
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Watch: Rescuers try to clear rubble

Local media have shared video of rescuers attempting to clear the rubble from a collapsed building in Mexico City.

There are three people trapped, they say.

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'A nightmare playing out'

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

British journalist Ioan Grillo, who lives in Mexico City, said the quake had been "devastating".

He told the World At One's Martha Kearney that it was "like a nightmare playing out" for locals who remember 1985's earthquake - which struck 32 years ago to the day.

Mexico City mayor: 39 buildings collapsed

The mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera, says 39 buildings have collapsed in the city.

In one building, number 286 in Álvaro Obregón street, 26 people have reportedly been rescued.

A volunteer told Televisa TV that 13 people are believed to still be trapped in an air pocket in the building.

The volunteer said the survivors had communicated with some of those who have now been rescued.

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Why so many earthquakes?

Mexico is prone to earthquakes. Earlier this month, an 8.1 magnitude tremor in the south of the country left at least 90 people dead, and in 1985, an earthquake claimed more than 10,000 lives and flattened 30,000 buildings.

So why is Mexico so susceptible to earthquakes? Our colleagues at BBC Minute have put together this handy explainer.

Two deadly earthquakes have struck the country in less than a fortnight

Why do only some buildings collapse?

Images from the earthquake show some buildings have collapsed while others, often right next door, remain standing.

But why is this? Read our piece here to find out.

A collapsed building after the latest earthquake in Mexico
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The epicentre of the latest quake was near Atencingo in Puebla state

'Don't spread rumours', Mexican Interior Ministry urges

The Mexican Interior Ministry is asking people not to spread false information in the wake of the quake.

Earlier, Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong denied rumours spread on social messaging service WhatsApp that another quake had been predicted in other parts of the country.

"While there may be aftershocks, earthquakes can NOT be predicted," Mr Osorio tweeted.

🔴 Evita la propagación de RUMORES infórmate y consulta fuentes especializadas @PcSegob #PrevenirEsVivir… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

"Avoid spreading rumours" the Interior Ministry tweet reads
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Solidarity expressed on social media

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People have been expressing their solidarity with Mexicans affected by the quake on social media.

#FuerzaMexico, or strength to Mexico, has been shared more than a million times since the tremors started on Tuesday afternoon.

Read more about social media reaction to the earthquake here.

Fifteen killed during mass

The Governor of Puebla, Tony Gali, has said 15 people were killed when a church in Atzitzihuacan, situated on the slopes of Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano, collapsed during mass.

The volcano is around 55km (34 miles) from Mexico City.

Image shows the Popocatepetl volcano erupting at night
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The church, which collapsed during mass, was on the slopes of the Popocatepetl volcano