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Christian agency worker horror at Mexico quake

Victor Martinez from the Christian humanitarian charity described how he was working from home close to the international airport when walls started shaking.

The communications specialist said: "Everything started to shake. It looked to me like the ground was jumping; it was shaking. The walls of my home were also shaking and they started to rumble."

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According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake epicentre was close to Raboso in Puebla state, approximately 76 miles southeast of Mexico City.

World Vision has been arranging a team of volunteers to establish shelters in areas affected by the 7.1 magnitude tremor which struck on Tuesday lunchtime.

The organisation is also mobilising rescue teams and offering food to those working through the night to free survivors from piles of debris.

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Explaining their focus on caring for children, Mr Martinez added: "We will be assessing with local authorites the possibility to establish child-friendly spaces where our staff will provide emotional recovery".

The earthquake is the second serious tremor to hit Mexico in two weeks and came hours after the nation held a silence to remember victims of quake exactly 32 years ago.

The President of Mexico Enrique, Pena Nieto visited a school late on Tuesday which collapsed in Mexico City, killing at least 22 people.

Click here to listen to Premier's Alex Williams speaking with Victor Martinez at World Vision:

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