Death Toll From Earthquake In Mexico Hits 361, Some Still Missing

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A confirmed 361 deaths have occurred in Mexico due to a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck the country Sept. 19, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities found the latest victim in the rubble of a collapsed office building Sunday. Search crews are still combing through the site, looking for another eight people who are believed to be somewhere in the debris.

The office building is one of the last collapsed structures in Mexico City still being cleared. Thirty-eight buildings fell in the capital during the quake where 220 people, including 29 children, died, the AP reports.

Mexico has suffered two more, smaller quakes since the Sept. 19 disaster. On Sept. 23, a 6.1 magnitude and 4.5 magnitude earthquake both hit the state of Oaxaca, near the town of Matias Romero nearly 300 miles southeast of Mexico City, according to CNN.

The 7.1 earthquake struck about 100 miles southeast of Mexico City, rattling the country while it was recovering from another powerful earthquake that hit two weeks before, according to The New York Times.

The Sept. 19 earthquake hit on the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 quake that resulted in around 10,000 deaths in Mexico.

Thousands of buildings were damaged as the area shook violently. People fled offices and homes into the streets of Mexico City to escape being trapped if the building collapsed. Many residents joined emergency crews to dig through rubble at the time, trying to save those trapped, TheNYT reports.

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