A magnitude-7.1 earthquake rocked Mexico City on Tuesday, leaving at least 225 people dead, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Rescue workers, including firefighters, police officers, medics, and volunteers, searched for survivors under collapsed buildings, homes and other structures throughout Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
The earthquake struck the Mexican capital city on the 32nd anniversary of an earthquake that killed thousands in the same city in 1985. Less than two weeks ago, an earthquake killed almost 100 people in the southern part of the country.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said at least 44 buildings, including office buildings, homes, and schools, collapsed. The president said rescue workers recovered the bodies of 22 children and two adults in the rubble of a collapsed primary school. At least 30 more children and 12 adults from the same school remain missing.
Reuters reported on Wednesday that rescue workers received text messages from a teacher and two students buried under the rubble of the collapsed school, giving some hope to people with missing relatives.
The news agency also reported that the earthquake, with its epicenter roughly 100 miles southwest of Mexico City, caused a volcano to erupt. A church situated on the slopes of the volcano collapsed during mass, killing 15 people.
From construction workers to lawyers, Mexicans throughout the city have rallied together in the rescue effort, AP reported.