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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

  1. 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.

  2. '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.

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    Video caption: 'The world is embracing Mexico' - foreign minister at UN meetings
  3. 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.

  4. 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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  5. 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.

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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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  13. '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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    Video caption: Mexico earthquake: The latest update from Mexico City
  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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."