Mexico quake: Switzerland to send reinforcements

Hope fading for survivors as Mexico search enters third day

Hope fading for survivors as Mexico search enters third day

As people just began to regroup after the first earthquake's destruction, Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude shock downed power lines and leveled buildings including offices, homes, and a school where 21 children died.

The death toll in the Mexico City natural disaster has risen to at least 273, officials have said. One well-known San Francisco chief is doing her part to feed some of the volunteers and rescue workers in a few of the most devastated areas.

Rescuers spotted her hand in the rubble and a rescue dog went in to see if she was alive and confirmed that she is.

Rescue efforts are ongoing at 10 of 38 buildings that toppled in the capital, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto said earlier in the day, during a visit to a town in Puebla that was hard hit.

"They keep pulling kids out, but we know nothing of my daughter", said 32-year-old Adriana D'Fargo, her eyes red, who had been waiting for hours for news of her seven-year-old.

Ken Hudnut, a science adviser with the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena, California, said Mexico City's geology probably contributed to the building collapses.

The desperate search for survivors among the remains of a partially collapsed school continues one day after a 7.1 magnitude quake hit Mexico.

At the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school, which has been the focus of global attention, crews pulled brick and concrete out of the rubble for over 24 hours straight.

One of the most gut-wrenching scenes was at the Enrique Rebsamen primary school on Mexico City's south side, whose three floors collapsed into one, trapping students and teachers inside.

The 7.1 magnitude quake turned dozens of buildings in central Mexico into dust and debris, killing at least 225 people.

The International Airport of Mexico City already operates normally. Citizens and rescue crews searched through the night under the rubble for loved ones and victims who might be trapped. She expected it would take her hours but a man was driving around offering people rides to metro stations across the city.

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