Irish in Mexico urged to let friends and family know they are safe after earthquake kills at least 248
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Irish in Mexico urged to let friends and family know they are safe after earthquake kills at least 248

IRISH people in Mexico have been urged to let friends and family know they are safe following a deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

The Press Association is reporting that more than 248 poeple are feared dead, with more than half of that number in the capital.

The Irish Government's releqased its latest travel alert for Irish citizens and said:

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We are aware of reports of an earthquake of 7.1 magnitude in Puebla, Mexico, the effects of which were felt in central Mexico including Mexico City.

There are reports of damage to infrastructure in Mexico City. Earthquake aftershocks may be expected.

Irish citizens in affected areas should stay in close contact with their hotels or tour operators and follow the advice of local authorities.

Irish citizens in affected areas should let family and friends know of their safety and whereabouts.

 

A rescue mission is now underway as crews and volunteers search rubble for survivors in central Mexico.

The tragedy comes less than two weeks after another powerful earth quake killed at least 98 people in southern Mexico.

The country's President Enrique Peña Nieto said 22 bodies had been pulled from a collapsed school in the neighbourhood of Coapa in Mexico City.

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