Japan Thursday sent a disaster relief team to Mexico to join the ongoing search for survivors in the massive earthquake that hit the country a day earlier.

The contingent includes 72 relief specialists, including police officers, firefighters and sniffer dogs and has been sent at the request of the government of Mexico, Japan's foreign ministry said in a statement.

The team left Thursday from Tokyo's Haneda airport and upon their arrival will immediately join ongoing rescue operations in Mexico city, a spokesperson of the ministry told EFE.

At least 230 people were killed in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook central Mexico Tuesday.