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The number to call to check on family impacted by earthquake in Mexico

Phone line established after massive disaster

Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers remove rubble and debris from a flattened building in search of survivors after a powerful quake in Mexico City.  ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers remove rubble and debris from a flattened building in search of survivors after a powerful quake in Mexico City. ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images

SAN ANTONIO – A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

After the disaster, a phone number was established so people can attempt to find out if their relatives in Mexico were injured.

The Mexican Consolute's Office in San Antonio said they will not have information about individuals relatives.

The CIAM Help Line is 1-855-463-6395.

President Enrique Pea Nieto told Mexico citizens, "We are facing a new national emergency." The military was activated to help with assistance efforts. Rescue efforts would continue through the night, the President said.

Education Minister Aurelio Nuo tweeted "all public and private schools in Mexico City are canceled until further notice." He said schools in the states of Puebla and Guerrero also are closed.

The airport in Mexico City was closed for a time but reopened by evening. There was no damage reported to its runways.