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Everyday Mexicans relying on themselves for earthquake rescue

MEXICO CITY - In the moments after the earthquake, they didn't cower, they mobilized.

By the tens of thousands, volunteers streamed toward the Mexico City neighborhoods most damaged by Tuesday's violent temblor. Some carried shovels, others hauled donations of food and water. Many simply offered up two good hands.

They weren't public authorities or professionals. They were everyday Mexicans who knew from experience that during a crisis such as an earthquake, it's better to do things yourself than to rely on the government for help.

Exactly 32 years before Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 earthquake brought down dozens of

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