EARTHQUAKE: 217 dead in Mexico as recovery efforts continue (Videos)

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The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked Mexico Tuesday has killed at least 217 people, according to officials, and the toll is expected to grow bigger as the recovery continues Wednesday.

Originally, the death toll was stated at 248, but was lowered on Wednesday morning, according to the Associated Press.

The earthquake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, approximately 76 miles southeast of Mexico City.

Damaged buildings included the Philippines Embassy in Mexico City, but staffers there were unhurt.

Entire apartment blocks swayed violently in the center of Mexico City, including in the historic districts of El Centro and Roma, crumbling balconies and causing huge cracks to appear on building facades and streets.

Numerous videos of the aftermath of the quake are surfacing online, including of a building that allegedly exploded due to a gas line being compromised. SEE VIDEOS:

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