People.com Human Interest Powerful Photos Show Catastrophic Damage and Daring Rescues in Aftermath of Mexico Earthquake A powerful 7.1 earthquake brought Mexico to its knees on Sept. 19, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing more than 200 By Erin Hill Erin Hill Twitter Senior News Editor, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 20, 2017 12:34 PM Share Tweet Pin Email 01 of 15 Rebecca Blackwell/AP An injured man is pulled out of a building that collapsed during an earthquake in the Roma Norte neighborhood of Mexico City, on Sept. 19. A powerful earthquake jolted central Mexico, causing buildings to sway sickeningly in the capital on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that also did major damage. 02 of 15 Marco Ugarte/AP A man walks out of the door frame of a building that collapsed after the earthquake, in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City. 03 of 15 Miguel Tovar/AP Rescue workers and volunteers search for survivors on a collapsed building the Del Valle neighborhood in Mexico City. 04 of 15 Carlos Cisneros/AP Rescue workers search for children trapped inside the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City. 05 of 15 Miguel Tovar/AP An injured person is carried after being rescued from the rubble of a building that collapsed after the earthquake, in the Colonia Obrera neighborhood of Mexico City. 06 of 15 Eduardo Verdugo/AP A man surveys a building demolished by the 7.1 earthquake, in Jojutla, Morelos state, Mexico. 07 of 15 ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty People remove debris of a building which collapsed after the quake rattled Mexico City. 08 of 15 YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers desperately remove rubble and debris from a flattened building in search of survivors. 09 of 15 RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Rescue efforts are still ongoing in the aftermath of the powerful quake. 10 of 15 YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Rescue workers search for survivors. 11 of 15 AP/REX/Shutterstock A man is rescued from a collapsed building in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City. 12 of 15 Jose Mendez/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Rescue Services search for victims under the debris of a building that collapsed after the earthquake. 13 of 15 Rebecca Blackwell/AP Volunteers pick up the rubble from a building that collapsed during the earthquake in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City. 14 of 15 Pedro Mera/Getty Rescuers and residents assist an injured victim amid the ruins of a building knocked down by the earthquake. 15 of 15 Gustavo Martinez Contreras/AP First responders raise their hands asking for silence as they work on removing the rubble of a collapsed building looking for survivors trapped underneath.