DFA: No reports of Filipinos hurt in 7.1-magnitude Mexico quake

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it has not yet received reports of Filipinos hurt in the 7.1-magnitude quake that hit Mexico on Wednesday.

Hundreds have been killed in the powerful tremor, which toppled buildings and heavily damaged the Philippine Embassy building, the DFA said in a Wednesday statement.

Read: Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 100, topples buildings

The DFA said despite the damage the Embassy sustained, Filipino diplomats were able to check the condition of the 60-member Filipino Community in Mexico City to make sure all are safe and accounted for.

"The people of Mexico are again in our thoughts and prayers today," DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a separate statement. "We offer our sympathies to the Mexican Government and to those who lost their loved ones in this tragedy."

Cayetano also said he is thankful that Ambassador Eduardo de Vega and the other members of the Embassy staff were able to make their way out of the building unhurt.

"We are all a bit shaken but otherwise all of us from the Embassy are all right," De Vega said in a text message to Cayetano.

De Vega said he and most of the 11-member staff rushed out of the Embassy when debris started falling down the walls and ceiling shortly after the earthquake struck.

He added that the Embassy occupies the first two floors of an eight-story office building in the Cuauhtemoc neighborhood near the city center.

This is the second powerful tremor to hit Mexico since the magnitude-8.0 quake on September 9 that killed at least 90 people.

Read: DFA: No Filipino casualties in Mexico quake

De Vega also had a close call in the earlier quake, which struck while he was attending an official function in the Oaxaca province.