EWS Massive earthquake hits Mexico City, leaving dozens dead
Massive earthquake hits Mexico City, leaving dozens dead
By Max Jaeger
September 19, 2017 | 2:47pm
At least 42 people are dead after a massive earthquake rocked Mexico City Tuesday, officials said — 32 years to the day since a killer quake wreaked havoc there and killed thousands.
Tuesday’s magnitude-7.1 quake was centered about 70 miles southeast of the nation’s capital, according to the US Geological Survey.
Several buildings groaned amid the tremors before falling in on themselves as passersby shouted in horror, according to videos posted to social media.
A video shot from the upper floor of a building and tweeted by former Mexican Ambassador Jorge Guajardo shows smoke and dust rising from rubble across the city.
Another showed people on the 38th floor of a building bracing themselves as the structure rocked back and forth and lights flickered. One person could be seen making the sign of the cross.
The tremblor dragged up some residents’ memories of the deadly quake that shook the city and killed thousands on Sept. 19, 1985, one person told Agence Franse-Presse.
“I’m so worried. I can’t stop crying. It’s the same nightmare as in 1985,” Georgina Sanchez, 52, sobbed, according to the outlet.
Buildings across the city held preparation drills earlier in the day to mark the anniversary, but just hours later, they were swaying “sickeningly” under the quake’s force and objects were rattled off desks and walls, the Associated Press reported.
Thousands of people poured into the streets to avoid collapsing buildings, and the city’s Independence Monument plaza was teeming with panicked crowds as traffic in the city ground to a halt.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto mobilized the country’s National Emergency Committee shortly after the disaster.