A massive earthquake struck Mexico Tuesday, killing over 225 people and counting.
In case you haven't heard, a massive 7.1 earthquake took place in Mexico Tuesday afternoon, killing over 200 people. In fact, Mexico's civil defense agency said the death toll stood at 226 as rescue teams continued to search for survivors in the rubble of collapsed buildings in Mexico City and surrounding states hour by hour.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City.
Late Tuesday, Mexico's president issued a video statement urging people to stay calm in the aftermath of the quake. President Enrique Pena Nieto said many people will need help, but the initial focus has to be on finding people trapped in wrecked buildings.
"The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people," the president said, adding that 40 percent of Mexico City and 60 percent of Morelos state had no electricity.
The earthquake occurred just two weeks after a magnitude 8.1 tremor in the south of the country caused more than 90 dead and caused buildings in Mexico City to sway for more than a minute.
In addition, Tuesday also served as the 32nd anniversary of the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed thousands of people in the capital. So many people were already participating in quake drills just hours prior the real earthquake struck.
President Donald Trump even got in the mix and tweeted out: "God bless the people of Mexico City" after news of the earthquake broke, and added that the U.S. was "with you and will be there for you.”
In a statement, the U.S. State Department said the U.S. stands "ready to provide assistance should our neighbors request our help." It added that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is also ready to provide assistance to U.S. citizens who were possibly affected by the quake.
Check out some videos & tweets of the earthquake (below).
God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2017
Video captures building exploding after a 7.1 Earthquake strikes Mexico City. Please pray for Mexico. pic.twitter.com/tOytBnYQuR— Mauricio Cantu (@mcantu06) September 19, 2017