January 24 2018

Earthquake: You are now in Mexico? Tell us

January 24 2018, 01:51 | Van Peters

Powerful earthquake jolts Mexico, sways buildings in capital

Image A man is assisted in Mexico City after a real quake rattled the country

A major magnitude-7.1 natural disaster struck Mexico on Tuesday, September 19, shortly after the M8.1 quake hit the Mexican state of Chiapas on September 7.

Rescue workers rushed to the site of damaged or collapsed buildings in the capital, and reporters saw onlookers cheer as a woman was pulled from the rubble. Cars can't move and the subway isn't safe. "We expect to have more to share in the coming days", it said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Mexico affected by today's 7.1-magnitude quake and other recent natural disasters. The death toll surpassed 200 the following day.

According to Luis Felipe Puente, national coordinator of civil protection for the Interior Ministry, 94 of the deaths came in Mexico City, which, with an urban area of more than 21 million people, is one of the most populous cities in the Western Hemisphere.

"It was neighbors more than anything", she said.

"It's very hard", said Aline Tezcucano, a board member of the Mex Y Can Association who has friends and family in Mexico. It was also felt strongly in Mexico City.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle noted that the epicenters of the two quakes are 400 miles (650 kilometres) apart and most aftershocks are within 100 kilometres.

A second school, the Tecnológico de Monterrey campus in Mexico City, was also the scene of numerous fatalities. The capital did not experience any major damage, although a highway under construction to the city's new airport partially collapsed, and windows at the existing airport shattered. After exiting his flight at MIA, he said the experience was terrifying. "There were some old-type construction buildings that collapsed and there were a lot of fatalities". Traffic jammed to a standstill at blanked-out stop lights, and anxious people ran between vehicles as ambulances tried to make headway, sirens blaring. Doctors, dentists and lawyers lined up alongside with construction workers and street sweepers, handing buckets of debris or chunks of concrete hand-to-hand down the line. He made it into a classroom, but found all of its occupants dead.

A crowd of parents waiting outside claimed two families have received WhatsApp messages from two trapped girls.

Silently, as they continue to work way into the night, they hold their fists in the air in a gesture of hope and solidarity.

Once she did they sent a search dog through the wreckage to confirm she was alive, and dug through the rubble to rescue her. As of midnight Wednesday, 30 people who either worked at or attended the school were still missing. President Enrique Pena Nieto said he had ordered all hospitals to open their doors to the injured.

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