Earthquake in Mexico on September 19 2017 07:04 PM (UTC).
Mexicans packed churches on Sunday to pray for the victims of the country's deadliest quake in 32 years as rescue teams searched against the odds for any survivors trapped under rubble since Tuesday's tremor shook Mexico City and nearby states. As another aftershock jolted southwestern Mexico on Sunday, the death toll from Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake climbed to 320 people. With thousands of buildings damaged, survivors slept on the street outside their homes and estimates of the cost of the earthquake ran as high as $8 billion. Many have been traumatized by the second major quake to strike Mexico City in their lifetime after a devastating 1985 tremor killed an estimated 10,000 people. In the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the national shrine of the majority Roman Catholic country, thousands of people gathered to pray. "I came to ask God for strength for those who lost loved ones and for the Virgin to watch over us and keep us safe," said 69-year-old Maria Gema Ortiz. "Thanks to all those who came from other countries to help. Thanks to all and long live Mexico!" Makeshift places of worship have popped up next to the crumbling cement and mangled steel of collapsed buildings in the deeply religious country. In upscale Roma, one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods of the capital, a priest led mass for nearly two dozen people under a blue tarp while a nun handed out small cards with an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, who according to the Catholic faith first appeared to an Aztec convert in 1531. More than 44,000 public schools in six states were due to reopen on Monday, but only 103 of the 4,000 public schools in Mexico City would open so as not to impede rescue and relief efforts. An addition, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, with 350,000 students at campuses in and around Mexico City, will resume classes on Monday. Like many Mexicans, 36-year-old Claudia Avila was determined to return to some semblance of normality. "We are afraid, but life must go on," said Avila, whose sons are 9 and 16. "Tomorrow I will take my children back to school. They know that if something happens, they must protect themselves. It has been a rude awakening." Rescuers narrowed their search to a handful of buildings in the sprawling metropolitan area of 20 million people, using advanced audio equipment to detect signs of life beneath tonnes of rubble, with help from teams from as far afield as Israel and Japan.
Mexico's federal prosecutors' office says one of its employees has died in the crash of a helicopter that was carrying aid to a remote village in Oaxaca state. The office started aid flights to supply the village after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck on Sept. 7, killing 96 people. The office said three of its employees and two Red Cross aid workers were aboard the helicopter when it crashed, but only one, an aircraft maintenance employee, died. The morgue service in Mexico City is reporting that eight foreigners are among the city's 155 dead in Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 earthquake. The city's justice tribunal said Friday the dead include four Taiwanese women. One of the buildings that collapsed in the quake housed a business listed as Asia Jenny Importaciones, S.A. de C.V. A South Korean man was also confirmed dead. A Panamanian woman died, as did one man from Spain and one from Argentina. Some of the areas hardest hit by building collapses included part of the city's near-west side that are favored by foreigners. One woman's body that has yet to be identified remained at the morgue. The frustrated urge among volunteers to help - even though they no longer have much to offer after professional rescuers took over following Mexico's 7.1-magnitude quake - came to a head on Friday. For days, the family of Laura Ramos had gathered outside the apartment building where Ramos lived, and whose ground floor pancaked in Tuesday's quake. The family wanted rescuers to enter, but authorities deemed it too dangerous; the building was leaning and could fall down at any moment. So finally, the family approved efforts to dismantle the building to reach what would probably be Ramos' body. But someone, unknown to the family, had filed a court injunction to block the controlled demolition. There has been a strong and vocal movement against the use of heavy machinery, for fears it could kill any survivors. But in this case, the family wanted the demolition to go forward. On Friday, Ramos' daughter published an emotional appeal asking for the injunction to be withdrawn. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong reposted the video, saying "giving out false information has consequences. Here is one example of how it is blocking a recovery effort."
As painstaking attempts to reach survivors in quake-ravaged buildings across Mexico City stretched into a third day Thursday, desperation mounted among loved ones who earlier had high hopes for quick rescues and some complained they were being kept in the dark about search efforts. And what many had clung to as the unlikely triumph of life over death was revealed to be a case of some very high-profile misinformation: A top navy official announced there were no missing children at a collapsed Mexico City school where the purported plight of a girl trapped alive in the rubble had captivated people across the nation and abroad. President Enrique Pena Nieto's office raised the death toll from Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 earthquake to 273, including 137 in the capital. In a statement, it said there were also 73 deaths in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla, 13 in the State of Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. More than 2,000 were injured and more than 50 people rescued in Mexico City alone, including two women and a man pulled alive from the wreckage of a building in the city's center Wednesday night. Still, frustration was growing as the rescue effort stretched into Day 3. Outside a collapsed office building in the trendy Roma Norte district, a list of those rescued was strung between two trees. Relatives of the missing compared it against their own list of those who were in the building when the quake struck -- more than two dozen names -- kept in a spiral notebook. Patricia Fernandez's 27-year-old nephew, Ivan Colin Fernandez, worked as an accountant in the seven-story building, which pancaked to the ground taking part of the building next door with it. She said the last time the family got an update was late yesterday, when officials said about 14 people were believed to be alive inside. Three people have been rescued from the building since the quake. "They should keep us informed," Fernandez said as her sister, the man's mother, wept into her black fleece sweater. "Because I think what kills us most is the desperation of not knowing anything." Referring to rumors that authorities intend to bring in heavy machinery that could risk bringing buildings down on anyone still alive inside, Fernandez said: "That seems unjust to us because there are still people alive inside and that's not OK." Since early Wednesday, the eyes of the nation had been focused on the Enrique Rebsaman school in southern Mexico City, where rescuers told reporters a girl, identified only as Frida Sofia, had signaled she was alive deep in the rubble by wiggling her fingers in response to rescuers' shouts. Numerous rescuers at the school site spoke of the girl, with some saying she had reported several other children alive in the same space, and the child became a symbol of hope amid a disaster that has shocked the country. But with TV cameras and journalists kept a block away from the precarious site, the only images broadcast live around-the-clock of the purported rescue showed long-distance shots of rescuers digging and no images of a child. As the rescue effort continued into Thursday, no family members came forward to identify the girl, and some officials had begun to say the identity of the person trapped in the rubble was not clear.
A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Tuesday near the country's capital of Mexico City. The magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit about 76 miles (123 km) southeast of Mexico City and was felt across the country. At least 245 people have died in Mexico due to the earthquake, according to the Associated Press, with that number potentially rising as the damage is able to be assessed and the cleanup process begins. Multiple buildings have collapsed across central Mexico with many more sustaining serious damage due to the earthquake. Pictures and videos of building damage quickly appeared on social media shortly following the tremor. Twenty-one children and four adults were killed when the Enrique Rebsamen school on the city's south side collapse. However, there have been signs of hope as a young girl trapped at the school was seen wiggling her fingers and talking to rescuers through the wreckage. The girl has yet to be pulled from the rubble as of early Thursday, but 52 other survivors have. Thousands of people flooded the streets for safety following the earthquake, halting traffic across the region. Some people in the streets also smelled gas from gas leaks related to the earthquake. The international airport in Mexico City suspended operations due the quake with flights on their way to the airport being diverted. Damage was reported around the airport. Tuesday's earthquake comes just weeks after an magnitude-8.1 earthquake hit near Mexico's southern coast, leading to damage and prompting tsunami warnings for coastal areas nearby. This earthquake also occurred on the anniversary of the magnitude-8.0 earthquake that shook Mexico City in 1985, which led to at least 5,000 fatalities. Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto, has declared three days of national mourning in honor of those who lost their lives in Tuesday's earthquake.
A powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing buildings in plumes of dust and killing at least 149 people. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as highrises across the city swayed sickeningly. Hours after the magnitude 7.1 quake, rescue workers were still clawing through the wreckage of a primary school that partly collapsed in the city's south looking for any children who might be trapped. Some relatives said they had received WhatsApp message from two girls inside. The quake is the deadliest in Mexico since a 1985 quake on the same date killed thousands. It came less than two weeks after another powerful quake caused 90 deaths in the country's south. Luis Felipe Puente, head of the national Civil Defence agency, tweeted Tuesday night that the confirmed death toll had risen to 139. His tweet said 64 people died in Morelos state, just south of Mexico City, though local officials reported only 54. In addition, 36 were killed in the capital, 29 in Puebla state, nine in the State of Mexico and one in Guerrero state, he said. The count did not include one death that officials in the southern state of Oaxaca reported earlier as quake-related. The federal government declared a state of disaster in Mexico City, freeing up emergency funds. President Enrique Pena Nieto said he had ordered all hospitals to open their doors to the injured.
Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico was becoming a greater tragedy with each passing hour. Early Wednesday, Mexico's civil defense agency said the death toll stood at 226 -- as rescue teams continued to search for survivors in the rubble of collapsed buildings in Mexico City and surrounding states. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City. Damaged buildings included the Philippines Embassy in Mexico City, but staffers there were unhurt. Twenty children and two adults died when a school collapsed in Mexico City, where 30 children and eight adults were still missing. Late Tuesday, Mexico's president issued a video statement urging people to stay calm in the aftermath of the quake. President Enrique Pena Nieto said many people will need help, but the initial focus has to be on finding people trapped in wrecked buildings. "The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people," the president said, adding that 40 percent of Mexico City and 60 percent of Morelos state had no electricity. The earthquake occurred just two weeks after a magnitude 8.1 tremor in the south of the country caused more than 90 dead and caused buildings in Mexico City to sway for more than a minute. Tuesday was also the 32nd anniversary of the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed thousands of people in the capital. The federal government declared a state of disaster in Mexico City, freeing up emergency funds. President Pena Nieto said he had ordered all hospitals to open their doors to the injured. The epicenter was near the town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The death toll has been revised again, with 149 people confirmed to have been killed in the earthquake. Head of the Mexican civil protection agency, Luis Felipe Puente, gave the update a short time ago. Puente said 55 people had been killed in Morelos, 49 in Mexico City, 32 in Puebla state, 10 in the state of Mexico and three in the coastal state of Guerrero. President Enrique Pena Nieto had ordered hospitals to treat all injured regardless of health coverage. AT and T has freed up its phone and data services to allow people to contact each other at no cost. The seismological agency also said there had been 11 aftershocks following the quake, with the largest at a magnitude of 4. Earlier, US president Donald Trump, and a number of Latin American leaders offered their support to the country now facing a long recovery from two fatal earthquakes. There are varying reports that children have been killed after part of an elementary school in Mexico City collapsed. Rescue efforts are underway to free children trapped in the rubble at the Enrique Rebsamen school. According to reports some have already been rescued but others are still missing. I'll bring you more details when I can confirm it. The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, says he is saddened by the loss of life and damage resulting from the earthquake in Mexico. In a statement Guterres extended his condolences to the government and people of Mexico and wishes those injured a speedy recovery. The earthquake appears to have triggered an eruption of Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano. In Atzitzihuacan on the slopes of the volcano, a church collapsed during mass, killing 15 people, Puebla Governor Jose Antonio Gali said. Popocatepetl is an active volcano in the states of Puebla, Mexico, and Morelos. It is Mexico's most active volcano, previously erupting as recently as July this year.
A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, killing at least 139 people and leaving multiple people reportedly trapped in collapsed buildings. The death toll from the earthquake has risen to 139 nationwide, with Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera reporting 30 people were killed in the capital. Mexico State Gov. Alfredo del Mazo said the quake killed at least nine people in his state, which borders Mexico City. Del Mazo said a quarry worker was killed from a rock slide due to the quake, and another died after being hit by a falling lamppost. At least another 64 were killed in the central Mexican state of Morelos, according to officials. Officials in Puebla state reported at least 26 deaths in the central Mexican state following the powerful earthquake. The epicenter was near the town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City, according to the USGS. Mexico City's mayor said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone. Market stall vendor Edith Lopez, 25, said she was in a taxi a few blocks away when the quake struck. She said she saw glass bursting out of the windows of some buildings. She was anxiously trying to locate her children, whom she had left in the care of her disabled mother. Gala Dluzhynska, who was taking a class in Mexico City's Roma district, said the building she was in didn't have "any stairs anymore only rocks," after the quake hit. In Mexico City pictures fell from walls, objects were shaken off of flat surfaces and computer monitors toppled over. Some people dove for cover under desks. Mexico City's international airport tweeted that it has suspended operations following the quake, although it's not immediately clear how many flights have been affected. President Donald Trump tweeted "God bless the people of Mexico City" after news of the earthquake broke, and added that the U.S. is "with you and will be there for you." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, whose state recently suffered greatly from Hurricane Harvey, tweeted that Texas "will continue to offer any support to aid Mexico in their time of need."
A powerful earthquake has jolted Mexico City - measuring magnitude 7.1 according to the US Geological Survey (USGS) - causing buildings to sway sickeningly on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage to the capital. The quake caused rubble to fall onto cars, and some building facades to collapse to the streets. The extent of damage or injuries was not immediately clear, but people fled office buildings along the central Reforma Avenue. Local media reported at least five deaths. Mexico's seismological agency estimated its preliminary magnitude at 6.8 and said its centre was east of the city in the state of Puebla. That municipality is about 40 miles southeast of the capital.One visitor to the city, who asked to be identified simply as Juan, was in a penthouse building in the city when the quake struck. He sent The Independent a text which said: "One word: apocalyptic. We heard the earth roar and the buildings creak. My heart was still pounding fast, minutes afterwards." Pictures fell from walls and objects were shaken off of flat surfaces. Some people dove for cover under desks. A video that appears to show the earthquake in action shows lights swaying above people crowding into hallways for safety, and then those lights seeming to lose power. Another video, streamed live on Twitter's Periscope in the Federal District of the city, showed dozens of men attempting to remove large metal beams that appeared to have fallen during the earthquake - it was not clear what was underneat. A car in the footage was covered in dust, another was smashed, and rubble was strewn all about.Mexican minister to China Jorge Guajardo tweeted a video showing a building that had collapsed, with rubble covering the sidewalk below. "Panic and frustration after Mexico City earthquake," Mr Guajardo wrote alongside the video. Yet another posted by Mr Guajardo showed the facade of a what appears to be a 10 story building losing its facade.
A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the central Mexican state of Puebla on Tuesday afternoon, the US Geological Survey said. Preliminary reports put the epicenter 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles (55 km) south-southwest of the city of Puebla, according to the USGS. It was felt in the center of Mexico City, which is only about 75 miles (121 km) from the epicenter. The earthquake struck at a depth of about 33 miles (51 km). There were no immediate reports of injuries. The governor of Puebla said on Twitter that there were reports of damaged buildings. Tony Gali urged residents to follow civil protection security protocols. Adrian Wilson, a photographer from New York City, was eating in the capital when the earthquake struck. "I was having lunch when the floor gently rocked as if a big truck went by," Wilson said. "It then amplified in waves and the whole room started shaking. The building is from the 1930s and just survived a big earthquake, so I knew I would be OK." President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted, "I have called a meeting for the National Emergency Committee to evaluate the situation and to coordinate any actions. Plan MX has been activated." The leader said he was "on (a) flight to Oaxaca. I immediately will return to Mexico City to address the situation caused by the earthquake."