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7.1 Magnitude Earthquake strikes Mexico; More than 225 dead ; “Death toll will rise”

September 20, 2017

At least 225 people are dead after a magnitude – 7.1 earthquakes shocked central Mexico on Tuesday.

According to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, the earthquake caused big damage there, flattening at least 44 buildings: schools, homes, and offices.

Program coordinator at Save the children in Mexico said that she has been out on the streets in Mexico City with hundreds of other people who try to help their neighbors. However, all street blocks have been cordoned off and numerous buildings are still too risky to enter because of the damage.

Monsivais said: “Volunteers are bringing water, food, clothes, and face masks so that they can help the official authorities move all the debris and rocks because there are still people trapped under buildings. Every once in a while authorities ask for silence so they can hear the people who are still trapped. It’s amazing what people are doing for others, but some people are clearly still in complete shock.”

Monsivais also said that many areas were without power and communications remained limited. “This night is going to be tough,” she said. “For sure, tomorrow the death toll will rise.”
Dallas resident George Smallwood told ABC News the airport of Mexico City airport inclined into chaos as the ground swelled and chunks of plaster fell from the walls when the earthquake hit, Dallas resident George Smallwood told ABC News.


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