LA fire dept heads to Mexico to help with earthquake aftermath
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The Los Angeles County Fire Department deployed its Urban Search and Rescue team into Mexico on Wednesday after a powerful earthquake struck near Mexico City on Tuesday, according to a statement obtained by NBC News.


The U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) deployed the elite task force known as USA-2 to aid in the the recovery efforts from the powerful earthquake that has killed more than 200 people.

Mexico City's mayor said that 50 to 60 people had been rescued from the rubble left by the earthquake in the capital, and efforts are continuing to recover victims.

USA-2 is composed of disaster response experts, who have led the government's efforts to aid in overseas disasters, including the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

The deadly earthquake took place on the anniversary of a 1985 8.1 magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 10,000 people, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The earthquake was felt hours after the city had an earthquake drill commemorating the anniversary of the 1985 quake.

Just last week, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico causing extensive damage and nearly 100 deaths in the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, but leaving the capital unscathed.