Updated at 9:15 a.m. on 09/25/2017.

Nearly 9 million people reside in and around MexicoCity, one of Latin America's cultural and economic hubs. Thearea and its residents now face the Herculean task ofdigging out and rebuilding in the wake of the 7.1 magnitudeearthquake on Sept. 19, 2017, which left buildings, infrastructureand lives in ruin.

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