This is the horrifying moment a university building collapsed killing four people as a huge earthquake devastated central Mexico.
Students run for their lives as buildings at the Tec de Monterrey University’s southern campus, in Mexico City, crumbles behind them in shocking footage posted on social media.
Dust and debris billows into the air as Mexico’s capital is shaken by the devastating 7.1 magnitude tremors which claimed more than 200 victims on Tuesday.
Four people were killed when the building toppled as the quake struck, the university confirmed.
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Rescuers, including naval officers, staged a desperate search for survivors of the collapse which left 40 people injured, a statement posted on the institution’s website added.
It read: “The Tecnológico de Monterrey reports that up to now, 4 people have been confirmed dead and 40 injured on the campus of Mexico City, due to the result of the earthquake registered yesterday afternoon.
“The work of rescue and search in the rubble is still on going, with the help of the Navy and other institutions.”
A second horrific clip shows the moment a tower block collapses just yards away from survivors
The person filming the video, which was posted on social media, pans the camera across busy car park where they appear to be waiting with friends.
A low rumble can be heard and moments later a block of flats tumbles to the ground.
Mexico’s civil defence agency this morning put the death toll at 248, with more than half of the dead in Mexico City.
It was later reduced to 217 but is likely to rise again, officials said.
Twenty children are among the dead after a school collapsed in Mexico City’s southern Coapa district, President Enrique Peña Nieto said.
The bodies of two adults were also found among the rubble while a desperate search continued for a further 30 pupils and eight members of staff, he added.
A further 55 people were killed in Morelos state, just south of the capital, and 32 in Puebla.
A further 10 people were reported to have died in Mexico State and three in Guerrero.
226 people killed as devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico
Two million people were left without electricity following the quake while officials issued a stark warning to residents not to smoke on the street amid fears gas mains had ruptured.
Mexico City’s mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told local media that rescue crews were sifting through the rubble of collapsed and badly damaged in 44 locations across the capital.
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