Dramatic Footage Of Mexico Earthquake Shows Buildings Collapsing Into Rubble

Tyler Durden's picture

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa has said that 44 buildings in Mexico city have collapsed, and potentially hundreds more have been seriously damaged, by Tuesday's earthquake. The 7.1-magnitude quake shook Central Mexico. With 119 dead at last count, the quake is the deadliest to strike Mexico since the one that killed 5,000 people 32 years ago today...

Over the last few hours, stunning video footage depicting buildings collapsing and smoking billowing from the rubble have appeared on Twitter. Here's a collection of some of the most dramatic videos.

In one video, what looks like a warehouse suddenly collapses, sending a giant plume of smoke into the sky...

In another, what looks like a residential building crumbles as onlookers cry out "oh my god, oh my god, oh my god..."

In another, passers by can be seen banding together to move debris as they try to free people trapped beneath...

Here's more footage of the damage in Mexico City.

The quake was centered in Puebla, the state in which Mexico City is based. So far, the majority of casualties have been counted outside the city, but it's likely that hundreds - if not thousands - more bodies will be found in the coming days as the cleanup effort begins in earnest.

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hoytmonger's picture

Interesting how those buildings didn't just turn to dust when they collapsed... like the 110 story WTC.

SilverRhino's picture

They sure as fuck made a LOT of dust .... freaking dickbreath

hoytmonger's picture

Making dust and turning to dust are two different things.

Bigly's picture

That apt building in the second is exactly how the apt buildings in northridge crumbled.

Parking spaces only on the first floor with dodgy supports is NOT where you want to live in earthquake zones

Dead Canary's picture

Billions of dollars of damage and countless Mexican lives lost.

Countries all over the world are sending aid. Europe is sending food. Saudi Arabia is sending fuel. And Trump offered to replace their dead Mexicans.

( too soon? )

SafelyGraze's picture

I remember getting a call from the uh fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they're gonna be able to contain the fire.

and I said "you know we've had such terrible loss of life. maybe the smartest thing to do is, is pull it."

uhhh. and they made that decision to pull. 

and then we watched the building.





ACP's picture

Just hope the wall will be able to withstand an earthquake of that magnitude.

Never One Roach's picture

Wait until it hits San Francisco.

Worries about Fuki radiation/cancer will drop to the bottom of their list.

tmosley's picture

100 feet vs 1500+ feet

Slight difference in potential energy there. WTC collapse released as much energy as a "suitcase" nuke.

hoytmonger's picture

So, does a "suitcase" nuke release as much energy as a 7.1 magnitude earthquake?

tion's picture

If you took the energy of the latter and concentrated it in the former, it almost seems like it would keep molten steel smoldering for many weeks.. 

Barney Fife's picture

Indeed, and the top 30 floors crashed through a 1,000 feet of steel and reinforced concrete like it was nothing. 

Might want to brush up on the Second Law of Thermodynamics. 

idahobandito's picture

Off topic....I hope your house held up with little damage. Did you get a storm surge? 

hoytmonger's picture

Yet 14 people in staircase B of the north tower survived 110 stories falling on them...


Truthoutthere's picture

You're not suggesting the WTC wasn't rigged for demolition? See shot of the angle of the cutter charges of an upright metal girder sticking out of the dust pile.Steel doesn't snap leaving straight edged angles.

algol_dog's picture

That 5.32 building is fucking crazy! Holy shit ....

Barney Fife's picture

You're so fucking blind. 16 years have passed and a ton of the population has had ample time to look at the event, and all of the evidence presented. I consider myself a slow learner on this one, having figured out the truth by 2003.  

16 years later and now YOU are the laughingstock. 

Ewe need to get used to it, otherwise open your eyes and shear your damn wool. 

shimmy's picture

Cave dwelling Muslims weren't involved. You need those for physics to be defied and buildings to fall like no other non controlled demolition buildings do.

Rapunzal's picture

They also don't fall into their own foot prints at near gravity speed.
Watch the documentary on you tube by American architects and engineers,
the WTCs came down in a controlled demolition. Thermite was used.

dark pools of soros's picture

i thought they were good builders?? no home depot?

European American's picture

50, 100, 500, 5,000, 50,000, it's going to be catastrophic.

Newbie lurker's picture

Yeah. Sadly at this point they have ZERO idea how many people are dead. Definitely going to be in the four digit place holder I believe. Who knows maybe even XX,XXX. I’m going with in the X,XXX though. Either way...sucks.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Why do people live in earthquake prone areas?  Or hurricane prone areas for that matter?  Or fire prone areas?  Or tornado prone areas?  Or flood prone areas?  Or blizzard prone areas?  Or drought prone areas?   Yes, this is in response to all the assholes who suggest sending people in Florida a moving van.

YourAverageJoe's picture

The same cocksuckers that ask why people would live in coastal areas of Texas and Louisiana and then go fill their tanks with readily available and affordable gasoline and then go enjoy a shrimp dinner.

 I hate to see this happen to anyone anywhere. Natural distaster suck for everyone.

SummerSausage's picture

You gotta live somewhere and every place has its good and bad points.  By the way, look out for trucks as you cross the street in your town that could never have a natural disaster of any kind at any time.

RumpleShitzkin's picture

Nothing ever happens in Indiana.

ceilidh_trail's picture

Small earthquake just over the Illinois border today.

Implied Violins's picture

I live in a flood and earthquake-prone area, and fire is also always a danger.

So is armed robbery, car crashes, mosquito bites, radon gas, bad Chipotle, brain eating amoebas, meteor strikes, solar flares, galactic core explosions etc.

It doesn't matter where you live, there is a risk involved in LIVING. As Warren Zevon once said, "Life'll kill ya"...and damn it, he was right. So, LIVE IT!!

shankster's picture

Quality Mexican construction.

yogibear's picture

On-par with Chinese construction. Self-destructing buildings. 

It wasn't a smart idea to be standing next to a building.

ceilidh_trail's picture

You saw the same result in Italy recently. Older construction styles just don't hold up like the more modern technology. You would see the same thing here as well. Also, Mexico City is built on a lake bed that behaves like San Francisco did in 89. Damage multiplyer.

Stan522's picture

So.... pick your poison....








There's really no safe place when you think about it.....

Bigly's picture

I appreciate a head's up so i pick hurricane.

directaction's picture

You forgot to add the most dangerous of all: "Refugees"

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

You don't have Refugee-Flood Insurance?  </sarc>

Trogdor's picture

I used to laugh at the people in Kalifornia who were shocked that I would live in "tornado country" ... as if an earthquake that hammered *everyone* was somehow less of a threat than taking your chances with a tornado ...

csmith's picture

Actually the hills of Western PA are pretty much foolproof, if you live on a hilltop. Zero seismic activity. Tornados extremely rare. 

directaction's picture

Readily available Oxy, too. 

tion's picture

Wolves and snow are not too bad.

Powder's picture

Asteroids... you forgot ASTEROIDS!

Francis Marx's picture

Wonder what size the aftershock will be?

aloha_snakbar's picture

Damn, that building in the video went down fast. Maybe that is what happened on 9/11, an earthquake...