Feared Dead As Huge Earthquake Topples Buildings In Mexico

Emmett Rice
September 21, 2017

A powerful natural disaster struck Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least 79 people across the country. The quake's epicentre was 4.5 km east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 55 km south-southwest of the city of Puebla. Along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City, people fled office buildings as they swayed, the Associated Press reported.

The disaster arrived just weeks after another powerful quake left nearly 100 people dead in Mexico.

Puente added that 86 people died in Mexico City, 71 died in the state of Morelos, 43 in Puebla state, 12 in the State of Mexico, three in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.

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Earlier in the day buildings across the city held preparation drills on the anniversary of the 1985 quake. Amidst the chaos, Juan Magana, a man who was vacationing in Mexico City say luckily the damage to his hotel wasn't severe, but he did witness several people in distress. Below you see a graph published by CNN based on the information of the US Geological Survey, with the intensity of this quake.

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Civilians as well as search and rescue teams went to work trying to find survivors using heavy machinery and bare hands to remove piles of rubble.

In Mexico City, thousands of soldiers, rescuers and civilians were working together to dig through piles of rubble from crumbled buildings. Mexico City's mayor said 30 are dead in the capital alone.

Children can be heard screaming as they are trapped between concrete slabs in Mexico City.

September 30, 1999: Magnitude 7.5 quake kills at least 20 people in southern state of Oaxaca.

Earlier this month, at least 90 people died in an even stronger quake in Mexico and tens of thousands of homes were severely damaged.

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