Rescuers continue to search for survivors after a massive 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook Mexico City and surrounding states Puebla and Morelos on Tuesday. The earthquake caused buildings to tumble and trapped many people in the fallen rubble. More than 200 people have already died from the disaster, but soldiers, rescuers, medical personnel, and civilian volunteers have banded together to rescue the earthquake survivors. Photos of Mexico City residents coming together to help each other are a reminder of the resilient human spirit.
The city's basic operations, like public transportation, are in shut down. Some schools have collapsed with students inside. All public and private schools in Mexico City and affected states will remain closed until further notice, according to Mexico's education minister Aurelio Nuño. One of the most dramatic rescues actually took place in a school. Some 11 people have been rescued at Enrique Rebsamen primary and secondary school, and at least three are still missing.
The densely populated capital is home to nearly 8.9 million people. Tuesday's earthquake threw city into chaos and a state of national emergency, with power outages and potential gas leaks as residents flooded the streets to escape falling buildings. It was a familiar horror for some: The disaster occurred on the anniversary of the powerful 1985 earthquake that devastated Mexico City and killed thousands. This quake came exactly 32 years later.