At least 217 people were killed after the strongest earthquake struck central Mexico
The 7.1-magnitude earthquake was the deadliest in the country in more than 30 years, leaving buildings and many people dead, as well as material losses in the capital city of Mexico City.

Emergency teams, rescuers and volunteers scoured the rubble in search of trapped survivors after a powerful earthquake struck central Mexico Tuesday afternoon, dropping dozens of buildings and killing at least 217 people.

The 7.1-magnitude quake - the deadliest in the country since 1985 - hit at around 1 p.m. local time, causing a long and violent shake-up to buildings and smashed cars in and around the capital city of Mexico City.

Rescuers were quick to rescue survivors in the rubble of offices, schools and residential blocks amidst columns of dust and sirens. Electricity was cut off for several hours. People remained in the streets, fearing aftershocks.

It was the second major earthquake to hit Mexico in two weeks at the same time as the 1985 earthquake that destroyed Mexico City, killing 5,000 people and destroying 10,000 homes.

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