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Sergio Perez has donated £125,000 to Mexico earthquake victims

Sergio Perez has taken action to help Mexico's earthquake victims Credit: PA

Formula One driver Sergio Perez has donated £125,000 to the victims of Tuesday's Mexico earthquake in which nearly 250 people have been killed.

Buildings have been reduced to rubble in Mexico City, while many have been killed in the surrounding areas, following the country's deadliest quake in more than three decades.

Perez, 27, is currently the only Mexican driver on the F1 grid and the poster boy for his home race which is due to be staged in the capital Mexico City next month.

Perez, who finished fifth at Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, also revealed that Carlos Slim - the Mexican telecommunications billionaire who has been heavily involved in his motor racing career - will contribute to the disaster fund.

I'm deeply concerned for what my country is living. It's time to be united.

– F1 driver, Sergio Perez

Philippines earthquake kills four, injures over 120

Damage after the earthquake. Credit: AP

An earthquake in the southern Philippines has killed at least four people, and injured around 90 others, officials have said.

The quake has damaged buildings and an airport, and the power has been knocked out, they added.

The 6.5 magnitude quake happened overnight, rousing residents in the Surigao del Norte province from their sleep and forcing them to flee their homes.

The quake centred around 14 km (8 miles) northwest of the provincial capital of Surigao, and there have been nearly 100 aftershocks.


Trio of earthquakes strike central Italy

Three earthquakes have shaken central Italy Credit: United States Geological Survey

A series of three earthquakes shook central Italy, including Rome, on Wednesday.

A 5.3-magnitude quake first struck shortly after 10am local time, 65 miles northeast of the capital and just five miles from Amatrice - a town flattened by a powerful tremor last August.

Within an hour, a 5.7-earthquake hit a similar distance from Rome, forcing the city's Metro to be evacuated.

Not long after a third quake measuring 5.3 some 68 miles northeast of Rome was also felt.

Nearly 300 people were killed when the mountainous Amatrice region was shaken by three quakes last summer, causing significant damage to older buildings.

Antonio Tajani, an Italian politician, said tremors were "felt as far as Rome (but it) appears there are no victims."

New Zealand begins earthquake evacuations

The New Zealand military have begun evacuating Kaikoura. Credit: EBU

New Zealand has begun the rescue operation of about 1,000 tourists and residents of Kaikoura after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the region on Sunday.

The county's defence force said it started to evacuate people by military helicopter from 9am local time.

They said a navy ship from Auckland is due to arrive in the area on Wednesday morning.

Kaikoura is a popular destination for travellers on whale-watching expeditions and is home to 2,000 residents.

However Sunday's earthquake cut water supplies and sewerage systems leaving the entire population stranded.

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