MEXICO has been hit by a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake sending buildings tumbling to the ground and reportedly killing 220.
Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.
Dozens of buildings tumbled into piles of rubble or were severely damaged in hugely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby towns.
Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed.
Hours after the magnitude 7.1 quake hit, rescue workers are still digging through the wreckage of a primary school that partly collapsed in the city’s south looking for any children who might be trapped.
Some eyewitnesses said they had received Whatsapp message from two girls inside.
Mexican President, Enrique Pena Nieto visited the school earlier in the night.
At the time, he said 22 bodies had been found, and added in comments broadcast online by Financiero TV that 30 children and eight adults were reported missing.
Rescuers were continuing their search and pausing to listen for voices from the rubble.