Earthquakes in Mexico - Sept. 7 and Sept. 19


Tragically, the collapsing buildings killed 216 people, including 21 students who were crushed
by the rumble of their collapsing school; moreover, the earthquake crushed cars and boxed in
people. Luckily, shortly after the earthquake, emergency workers and ordinary citizens bolted
toward collapsed buildings and upheaved rubble to rescue the people trapped underneath.
Everywhere, dozens of medics, citizens, police, and firefighters worked together to create
pulley systems and shared supplies to free people from the rubble. People shouted at each
other with orders and people rushed to stores to get tools to help with the rumble. One worker
shouted to no one in particular, “Whoever isn’t helping, leave”. Districts and neighborhoods
like Condesa, a fashion district, were teaming with people on the sidewalks, filled with fear
and dread. The earthquake was a solemn reminder of the 32nd anniversary of another major
earthquake that struck Mexico city in 1985, killing over 10,000 people.