One of the most seismically active regions on the planet, Mexican lands are no strangers to earthquakes over the years. For the second time in a span of two weeks, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico on September 21 killing at least 273 people and leaving thousands injured just a few days after an 8.1 magnitude quake shook other parts of the Mexican States.
Fifty-two buildings collapsed in Mexico's capital leaving the city the most affected among surroundings states that were hit. Rescue operation personnel saved 60 survivors from central Mexico City, according to Reuters.
Officials said that 11 children were rescued from the collapse of the Enrique Rébsamen School building but 19 children and six adults lost their lives at the site.
Rescue operations were carried out in full swing for more than 14 hours to reach out to other survivors stuck beneath the concrete debris. At times, bystanders were asked to maintain "total silence" by rescue workers in order to clearly hear people calling for help.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto declared three days mourning for lives lost in the tragedy. IBTimes Singapore has compiled a series of images of the rescue operation beneath the collapsed Enrique Rébsamen School building.