A magnitude 7.1 earthquake obliterated parts of Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, killing more than 200 people.
More than 40 buildings collapsed, including a school. Gas mains burst and fires spread after the tremor struck in the state of Puebla, not far from the country’s capital, Mexico City.
Many victims were trapped under rubble from collapsed buildings, with rescuers racing to pull them free, often in the dark because power supplies had been cut.
Images of the devastation and rescue efforts continued to emerge from Mexico overnight. Scroll down to see the scale of damage caused by the disaster.
This image captures the moment the earthquake struck. It shows dust rising across the Mexico City.
This man was trapped under rubble in Condesa, a district of Mexico City. Rescuers pour water into his mouth as they work to free him
Eventually they manage to get him out – but many more remain trapped.
Here a human chain of volunteers is passing a stretcher to rescue workers at another collapsed building in the capital.
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Volunteers used their bare hands to move the rubble and get to people underneath.
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Here’s another rescuer looking for survivors in the Piedad Narvarte neighbourhood of Mexico City.
One man was pulled out alive, and is being lowered here from a collapsed building.
One of the worst disaster zones was the Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City, where 20 children were confirmed dead.
Here volunteers are carrying carry lengths of wood to prop up parts of the school still at risk of collapse.
This is another collapsed building in Piedad Navarte, Mexico City. Unlike some sites, this one has heavy machinery to help excavate the wreckage.
As night fell, rescuers were left with only limited light to work by due to mass power outages.
Here rescuers struggle under spotlights to search a collapsed building.
This photo of a wrecked structure shows bedding and other possessions hanging from where part of the floor fell away.
In the Colonia Obrera district of Mexico City another rescue effort was going on at what used to be a four-storey building.
Here firefighters inside the structure hunt for traces of people still alive.