At least 225 people were killed by the deadly earthquake that rocked Mexico City

At least 225 people were killed by the deadly earthquake that rocked Mexico City

 

Frightening tragedy struck Mexico City Tuesday on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 earthquake that killed thousands in and around the same city.

At 2:14 pm Eastern time, the US Geological Survey reported a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter some 100 miles away from the Mexican capital, near Puebla.

At least 225 people were killed in the city and nearby states in the quake, according to the Associated Press. Among the victims: at least 21 children and four adults who were inside a school when it collapsed. Rescue efforts continued throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday, with crews often working in complete silence as to better hear victims calling out for help.

Thirty-two buildings collapsed in the city; 52 people have been rescued alive, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said Wednesday. But people are still feared to be trapped inside the rubble.