Photos: Powerful Quake Leaves Behind Destruction in Mexico

One of the most powerful earthquakes on record in Mexico toppled buildings and sent frightened residents into the darkened streets. These images captured some of the devastation and recovery efforts.

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Men work to pull down a remaining section of roof as they demolish a home destroyed by Thursday's magnitude 8.1 earthquake, in Asuncion Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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People cross a bridge whose sections separated and shifted apart during Thursday's magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Asuncion Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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The damaged clock tower at City Hall, which partially collapsed in Thursday's magnitude 8.1 earthquake, is lit by the late afternoon sun in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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A handful of salvaged items sit in front of what remains of a home destroyed by Thursday's magnitude 8.1 earthquake, in Asuncion Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Officials in Oaxaca and Chiapas states said thousands of houses and hundreds of schools had been damaged or destroyed. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Chunks of brick litter the plaza in front of Asuncion de Maria church, which partially collapsed in Thursday's magnitude 8.1 earthquake, in Asuncion Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Men remove salvageable materials from a home destroyed in Thursday's magnitude 8.1 earthquake, in Union Hidalgo, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Mexico's government is distributing food to jittery survivors of an earthquake while residents have continued to sleep outside, fearful of more collapses and aftershocks. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Men walk across the bridge that connects Juchitan to Union Hidalgo in Oaxaca state, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. While the bridge survived Thursday's magnitude 8.1 earthquake, the road leading up to each side fissured and the supporting walls buckled. Wary of using the bridge, taxis are now waiting on either side to ferry passengers, who cross the bridge on foot. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Residents of a zone heavily affected by Thursday's magnitude 8.1 earthquake spend a third night sleeping outside, in central Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, just before dawn on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. In this small plaza, a local organization supported by the government has created a small outdoor shelter, providing mattresses, roofing tarp, and bathroom access to residents afraid to sleep in damaged homes. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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A worker hired by the owner of a candy factory warehouse demolishes the remaining parts of the building in central Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, after a magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck very late Thursday. Maria de Lourdes Quintana Lopez said she could not afford to wait for the government as she oversaw the demolition of her family business' warehouse. "We have to work so that we're not overcome with sadness." Quintana said. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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An altar to the Virgin of Guadalupe is covered with fallen debris inside the earth-damaged home where Larissa Garcia, 24, lived with her family in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The family was caught under rubble when the house partially collapsed, leaving Garcia with a broken arm and her father with a head injury. Her mother, who had to be pulled out from underneath a foot-thick section of wall which collapsed on her back, remains in a wheelchair and unable to walk. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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A view of a partially collapsed hotel in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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A van sits in a pile of rubble after it was smashed by a wall that collapsed during a massive earthquake, in Mexico City, Friday Sept. 8, 2017.
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Rescuers sift through the rubble of the partially collapsed city hall in Juchitan , Oaxaca state, Mexico, following a massive earthquake, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Police at the scene said rescuers were searching for a policeman they believed to be trapped under the rubble. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Neighbors look at a home destroyed by a massive earthquake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The 8.1 quake off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday toppled hundreds of buildings in several states. Hardest-hit was Juchitan, where a third of the city's homes collapsed or were uninhabitable. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Residents look at a partially collapsed hotel in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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Rubble litters a sidewalk next to a damaged car in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country's southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings, triggering tsunami evacuations and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night. At least 35 people were reported killed. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
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A woman walks through the earthquake damaged 17th century Templo del Senor del Calvario church in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Community members who were onsite removing and protecting the church's religious icons and objects said the structure had been repaired after an earthquake one year ago, but that damage from Thursday's tremor might be too much to repair.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Three Navy sailors walk by the partially collapsed structure of an hotel in the town of Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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A soldier walks by a partially collapsed structure in the town of Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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Soldiers remove debris from a partly collapsed municipal building felled by a massive earthquake in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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Part of collapsed building sits precariously over two parked cars in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico has hit off its southern Pacific coast, killing at least 32 people, toppling houses, government offices and businesses. (AP Photo/Luis Alberto Cruz)
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Residents stand in front of rubble from a partially collapsed building felled by a massive earthquake in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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Evacuated patients lie on their hospital beds shaded by a tree, in the aftermath of a massive earthquake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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A woman points to the damage in her home caused by a massive earthquake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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Soldiers remove debris from a partly collapsed municipal building felled by a massive earthquake in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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Residents stand on debris of a partially collapsed building felled by a massive earthquake in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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Residents drive by a collapsed building felled by a massive earthquake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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A man sits in his wheelchair backdropped by a building damaged in a massive earthquake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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Soldiers remove debris from a partly collapsed municipal building after an earthquake in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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A man removes debris from a collapsed building felled by a massive earthquake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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A monument surrounded by debris is cordoned off in the aftermath of an 8.1-magnitude earthquake in San Cristobal de Las Casas, state of Chiapas, Mexico, early Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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A policeman stands in front of a church whose towers were damaged by an 8.1-magnitude earthquake in San Cristobal de Las Casas, state of Chiapas, Mexico, early Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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The earthquake hit off the coast of Chiapas state, 650 miles from Mexico City.
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Debris from a collapsed wall sits in Oaxaca, Mexico, on Sept. 8, 2017. A massive 8-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of southern Mexico late Thursday night, causing buildings to sway violently and people to flee into the street in panic as far away as the capital city.
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Debris from a collapsed wall sits in Oaxaca, Mexico, after an earthquake early Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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Members of the Mexican army look at damage caused by an 8.1-magnitude earthquake that hit off the coast of southern Mexico on September 7, 2017.
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People who evacuated from bars during an earthquake stand in the street in La Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, sections of which lost power, just before midnight on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.
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Guest of an hotel stand and sit at the lobby after an earthquake shook buildings forcefully and knocked out power in the area, just after midnight in Veracruz, Mexico, Friday Sept. 8, 2017.
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