Desperate rescue workers scrabbled through rubble in a floodlit search on Wednesday for dozens of children feared buried beneath a Mexico City school, one of hundreds of buildings wrecked by the country's most lethal earthquake in a generation.
The magnitude 7.1 shock killed at least 217 people, nearly half of them in the capital, 32 years to the day after a devastating 1985 quake.
The disaster came as Mexico still reels from a powerful tremor that killed nearly 100 people in the south of the country less than two weeks ago.
Mexico earthquake: Shake intensity
Among the twisted concrete and steel ruin of the Enrique Rebsamen school, soldiers and firefighters found at least 22 dead children and two adults, while another 30 children and 12 adults were missing, President Enrique Pena Nieto said.
There were chaotic scenes at the school as bulldozers moved rubble under the buzz and glare of floodlights powered by generators, with parents clinging to hope their children had survived.
"They keep pulling kids out, but we know nothing of my daughter," said 32-year-old Adriana D'Fargo, her eyes red after hours waiting for news of her seven-year-old.
At 11 a.m. yesterday, residents in offices, schools and housing estates across Mexico City took part in an earthquake drill timed to commemorate the catastrophic tremor on the same date in 1985. Just over two hours later, a real, 7.1 magnitude quake shook the capital and surrounding states, making skyscrapers sway like they were made of paper, shattering windows and roofs, and toppling entire apartment blocks.
When the quake struck, I was on the twentieth floor of an office building, which moved up and down like a fairground ride as books and folders crashed onto the floor. I wanted to immediately run for my life, but had to wait until we we were told to evacuate, and walk down the twenty flights of stairs in the pitch black, touching the wall for support.
As millions like me poured onto the streets, battling to make their way to their homes and loved ones, it became apparent it had been the most devastating tremor in Mexico since that Sept. 19, 1985 disaster. Within hours, the government declared that more than 200 people had been confirmed dead while many more were buried under the rubble of smashed buildings that had were scattered across the city.
The earthquake caused extensive damage to Mexico City, leveling at least 44 buildings, including homes, schools and office buildings, according to President Enrique Pena Nieto, who did a flyover of the city Tuesday afternoon.
Among the dead are at least 22 people, including students and at least two adults, from a collapsed primary school in the south of the city. Pena Nieto visited the school late Tuesday. He said those 22 bodies have been recovered, but that 30 children and eight adults.
At least 134 people died when a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck central Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the heavily populated capital where rescuers searched rubble frantically for survivors.
Thousands ran into the streets in panic, and millions lost electricity when the quake struck around lunchtime.
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said 44 buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Several major gas leaks and fires occurred.
Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told local television that rescue teams were working painstakingly with picks and shovels.
“We have some buildings where we have reports that there could be people inside. They are doing it with lots of caution,” he said, adding that more rescue personnel would be needed.
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 120 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.
Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed sickeningly.
The quake is the deadliest in Mexico since a 1985 quake on the same date killed thousands. It came less than two weeks after another powerful quake caused 90 deaths in the country's south.
Mexico City's mayor said at least 30 died in the capital, and officials in Morelos state, just to the south, said 54 died there.
National Geographic paid tornado chasers over $1 million for one of the most epic tornado footage videos you'll ever witnessed in your entire life!
Not only can you see the tornado from a distance, but you can actually see it shredding buildings up close and personal as the storm chasers follow it ravaging farms.
The pro-Donald Trump "Mother of All Rallies" allowed Black Lives Matter protesters to take the stage and speak Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Black Lives Matters members arrived at the rally and a brief exchange ensued with some members of the M.O.A.R. crowd. The group can be heard chanting "Black Lives Matter" on video.
The Trump rally organizer who was speaking invited the group to come on stage and stand silently. Another Trump rally organizer eventually took the stage and announced that Black Lives Matter would be given an opportunity to speak.
"Whether they disagree or agree with your message is irrelevant. It’s the fact you have the right to have a message, just like all of them have the right to their message," he said.
The President of Black Lives Matters New York then addressed the mostly pro-Trump crowd. The Trump rally speaker who subsequently took the stage commented on Black Lives Matters' speech.
"I'm a black man. If black lives really mattered," he said, "then they need to protest in Chicago. Let's take it to Chicago. Let's bring everybody. We need to have a M.O.A.R. rally in Chicago with BLM."
According to the Mother of All Rallies website, the rally was held to "demand protection for traditional American culture" and support "the United States and the America First agenda."
Keynote speakers included California Congressional candidate Omar Navarro, author Hamody Jasim, and the founder of Latinos for Trump, Marco Gutierrez. The band Madison Rising was the featured performer.
Widespread flooding and mudslides caused by days of torrential rain in Venezuela have killed at least 25 people and destroyed thousands of homes.
The latest deaths - four - were reported in the capital, Caracas.
A state of emergency is in force in the area that includes Caracas and in three other northern states.
The government said more than 33,000 people had already been moved to temporary shelters.
This Latin American journalist was reporting on hurricane IRMA as it ravaged the island of Puerto Rico, that was a huge mistake on her part!
Watches during the report a stop sign appears out of nowhere slams into the face of this unsuspecting reporter who is quickly knocked out cold.
The live feed suddenly stops after the sign KOs the reporter. No word on if she was injured during the stop sign attack.
Video taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey shows two Ferraris, a Mercedes and a Ford GT in the stricken Texas garage
A terrifying video shows the moment a plane got caught in crosswinds as it tried to land during Tropical Storm Irma . Footage taken yesterday shows the Alligiant Airlines flight being thrown around in the stormy weather. The aircraft , which was trying to land at Myrtle Beach International Airport in South Carolina, had to be diverted. The video was posted on Twitter by Ed Piotrowski, the chief meteorologist at ABC15.
This British beach appears to vanish under a sea foam mattress - that also sweeps up a tiny dog. A dog walker captured the bubbly spume which blanketed the sand as a result of a natural weather phenomenon. Maureen Lord, a retired health care assistant, said her pet Boston appeared "bemused" as foam lapped up around him on a walk, Cornwall Live reports. The Truro, Cornwall, resident said the footage was taken before Storm Aileen battered the coastal county with heavy rain and blustery winds. According to experts, spume is caused by the winds driving rough seas.
Cameras at Jacksonville Beach Pier, West Palm Beach, Miami and Naples, Fla., show Hurricane Irma passing through Florida. (The Washington Post)
MIAMI — The fierce eye of Hurricane Irma made its second landfall in Florida on Sunday as the full intensity of the storm began battering the state’s Gulf Coast.
After days of alarming warnings forced millions from their homes and effectively shut down daily life across a wide swath of the Southeastern United States, Irma had earlier Sunday made landfall on the lower Florida Keys before beginning what forecasters say could be a painful journey up the state’s western coastline.
The storm breached the Florida coast on Sunday morning, making landfall just after 9 a.m. at Cudjoe Key. After churning through the Keys and on through to Florida’s southwestern coast, Irma’s second landfall occurred in Marco Island, Fla., at 3:35 p.m. A wind gust of 130 mph was reported by the Marco Island police, according to the National Weather Service.
Irma had already made its presence known across South Florida, causing more than a million power outages and lashing major population centers with driving rain and roof-rattling wind. The danger is only just beginning, forecasters warn, because the storm will grind along Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sunday bringing life-threatening storm surge.
“Today is going to the be the long day,” said Mark DeMaria, deputy acting director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
[What you need to know about Hurricane Irma and its path]
The hurricane center warned that Irma had created an “imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along much of the Florida west coast.” While Irma’s path is now likely to hew to Florida’s Gulf Coast, the storm’s sheer size and reach — hurricane-force winds extend about 80 miles from the center, and tropical storm winds extend out 220 miles — means that those scattered through South Florida remain imperiled by its winds and dangerous storm surge.
By Sunday afternoon, the hurricane center said that Irma — which had shifted back to a Category 3 storm — was “impacting all of South Florida.” Irma is forecast to remain a major hurricane as it approaches the densely populated Tampa Bay area, which experts say is woefully ill-equipped to confront a storm of this size. Many people from Florida’s eastern coast had sought refuge around Tampa in recent days before the storm’s path shifted westward.
Irma spent much of Sunday morning over the Florida Keys, the string of islands off the state’s southern coast. The Keys could see up to 25 inches of rainfall and storm surges could wash over the low-lying chain, a popular tourist destination that includes Key West.
“A very dangerous day is unfolding in the Florida Keys and much of West Florida,” Michael Brennan, a senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center, said in an early morning update Sunday. “It certainly could inundate the entire island. That’s why everyone in the Keys was urged so strongly to evacuate.”
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Hurricane Irma made its second landfall on Marco Island on the southwest Florida coast this afternoon after first making landfall in the Florida Keys this morning. The hurricane, which is barreling toward Naples, has left at least three people dead in Florida, including a sheriff's deputy, and over 2.1 million households without power.
By 11 a.m. today the storm had moved away from the Keys and is forecast to continue moving up the western coastline of Florida this afternoon, with winds of up to 115 mph expected in the western part of Collier County, which includes Naples.
In Miami, winds whipped around high-rise buildings at speeds approaching 100 mph, the National Weather
Major streets in Miami have been turned into rivers after flooding caused by the deadly Hurricane Irma which has battered Florida.
The monster storm has left a trail of destruction in its wake, killing at least four in Florida and 28 on the Caribbean - four million have also been left without power.
A Fox News reporter attempted to interview a man about hurricane Irma striking his city and was put in his place like none other!
Listen to what appears to be one of the most knowledgeable weatherman on the planet explain exactly why him and his wife have absolutely no fears of the hurricane destroying his city.
The hurricane has caused havoc overnight
Hurricane Irma Rips A Roof From A Building In Miami!
Miami Footlocker Looters Caught On Tape Stealing Shoes During Hurricane Irma! Local news station in Miami FL got raw footage of looters stealing from Footlocker. The suspects were seen using what looks to be a back door entrance of a MetroPCS phone store.
Simon Brewer, a storm chaser, tries to gather data about Hurricane Irma and in doing so, witnesses the power of the storm.
A Twitter video from a Bahamas resident shows a dry ocean floor after Hurricane Irma pushed out the beach's water.
Hurricane Irma approached the Florida Keys around 8:30am on Sunday, leaving at least one dead. The category 4 storm is expected to be one of the worst in Florida's history, with evacuation orders for all of south Florida.
Perhaps when you're out recording the storm surge from a massive hurricane that just destroyed numerous Caribbean islands, perhaps you should keep your eye on the storm waves that continue to batter the rocks that you're standing on.
Or else, you could end up exactly like this guy in going MIA in seconds!
We compare the sizes and power of hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons & cyclones, from a tropical storm to a category 5 hurricane such as Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Andrew & Hurricane Katrina, and even go beyond what you'd expect!
Please take note: The size indicated here is the maximum diameter based on Meteorologist calculations (Sourced from National Hurricane Center, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration & NASA, or own mapping estimates based on images if no official figures are given. It is not entirely accurate, but it gives a good scale of the sizes of certain tropical storms.
People in parts of three Florida counties faced mandatory evacuation orders Thursday and officials in two other counties issued voluntary orders to leave in advance of Hurricane Irma, a storm that could create one of the largest mass exoduses in U.S. history as additional evacuations are announced.
The eye of the storm is expected to make landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys and travel up the Atlantic coastline, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“Do not sit and wait for this storm to come,” Gov. Rick Scott said. “Get out now.”
And Florida residents and visitors are doing just that, causing traffic delays on portions of Interstates 95 and 75 and the Florida Turnpike, according to a Google map of traffic-cam data from the Florida Department of Transportation.
On Saturday night on Miami’s South Beach, it was surfing — and partying — as usual, even as wet winds began lashing the Atlantic into a seething froth.
Shouts of “F— you, Irma!” rose from a group of some 20 surfers as they drank beer, white wine and champagne on the beach.
“Block party, baby!” artist Jonah Cerwimske, announced.
“South Beach, friends and family,” said Annie Tworog, 38. “We are related by the water — that sounds so cheesy. But we’re all surfers, and our good friend died a year ago today so we’re celebrating him.”
“We will be partying all night long,” promised Megan Turnbow, 31, who’d come to the beach with a backpack jammed full of liquor.
Shocking moment tornado forms in Fort Lauderdale ahead of Hurricane Irma.
This was cuba reporter's view of Hurricane Irma as it lashed Caibarién, Cuba, before heading off to the Florida Keys.
Hurricane Irma on Anguilla
This fiery solar flare, which has the energy of a billion hydrogen bombs, is what has been causing the stunning aurora displays over Britain and Scandinavia this month. Newspapers and social media feeds have been filled with photos of the beautiful green and purple swirls of the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, and now a video has emerged of the phenomena that caused them. The impressive red and orange spectacle is the largest solar flare for more than 12 years, and the eighth largest since modern records began in 1996, and it erupted from the sun this week. The large solar bursts can drive plasma away from the solar surface at speeds of up to 2,000 km/s. A team from the University of Sheffield and Queen's University Belfast captured images of the flare using Swedish Solar Telescope situated in La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands.
CNN journalist Patrick Oppmann was reporting from Cuba at 6.40pm local time before the storm hit the island
Miami, which was on track for a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, was thrown a lifeline on Saturday as the storm's path veered west. Irma is expected to move up the southwest coast as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday, bringing with it 130mph winds and life threatening rain after battering Cuba on Saturday. It will remain off the coast of Florida until Monday when meteorologists predict it will then hit Tampa as a Category 3 storm. After the new forecast emerged on Saturday, the mayor of Tampa said ominously: 'It's not looking good for us.' Miami is still under an evacuation order and officials are warning residents not to return to their homes in light of the news that Irma is moving west because it is still at risk of severe storm surge. Irma is so powerful that no matter where it hits and even before it does, the entire southern section of the state is at risk of storm surge, deadly wind and rain. More than 5million people have been evacuated in anticipation of it and 50,000 people are in shelters across the state. On Saturday morning, Governor Rick Scott, who has been pleading with residents for days to leave evacuation zones before Irma hits, said : 'This is a catastrophic storm. We have never seen this before. The storm is bigger than our state.