The Morning After: Mexican Earthquake Leaves Over 248 Dead, Millions Without Electricity

Across central Mexico, rescue workers including soldiers and volunteers worked late into the night Tuesday to free the living who were still trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings following Mexico's deadliest earthquake in more than 30 years.

The death toll from the 7.1 magnitude quake – which bizarrely occurred on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that left 5,000 dead – has climbed to 248, with more than half of those deaths occurring in the Mexican capital city.  It also comes two weeks after another powerful quake left nearly 100 dead in Mexico City. The quake was unusually close to Mexico City, located just 60 miles south of the capital in Chiautla de Tapia, a small town in neighboring Puebla state, according to Mexico’s seismological service.

More are feared dead, including possibly dozens of teachers and schoolchildren feared buried in the rubble of a Mexico City school, one of hundreds of buildings that was destroyed by the quake, according to Reuters

Additionally, several buildings collapsed in the chic neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa in central Mexico City, where many foreigners live. In Condesa, rescue workers scrambled to find eight to 10 people believed trapped under the debris of a building that collapsed near Mexico Park, one of the city’s most famous parks. Hundreds of volunteers formed a human chain to help clear rubble and bring food and water to rescue workers.

Mexico was also hit earlier this month by Hurricane Katia, which killed two. Even the Popocatépetl volcano southeast of the city sent a large cloud of ash into the sky on Tuesday. “This is too much. It’s like we’re cursed or something,” said Marcos Santamaría, a 62-year-old retiree.

Philippines and the United Nations have offered to support the recovery effort. At least 30 second-grade students are still missing, along with eight adults.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a video message released late Tuesday that the initial focus of rescue efforts must be to find people trapped in wrecked buildings, according to the Associated Press.

"The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people."

Pena Nieto added that, as of late Tuesday, 40% of Mexico City and 60% of Morelos state had no electricity.

Dust-covered and exhausted from digging, 30-year-old Carlos Mendoza said two people were pulled alive from the ruins of a collapsed apartment building in the Roma Sur neighborhood during a three-hour period.

"When we saw this, we came to help," he said, gesturing at the destruction. "This is ugly, very ugly."

In Condesa, rescue workers scrambled to find eight to 10 people believed trapped under the debris of a building that collapsed near Mexico Park, one of the city’s most famous parks. Hundreds of volunteers formed a human chain to help clear rubble and bring food and water to rescue workers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Gabriela Magaña, who works in a nearby art gallery, was inside the building when the quake hit. She managed to make it to the street just before it fell.

“I just saw an immense black cloud of dust and heard a big bang. Then I started to hear crying, and the smell of gas was unbearable. It was a nightmare,” she said.

At least 86 dead had been counted in Mexico City and 71 in Morelos state, which is just south of the capital. Another 43 were known dead in Puebla state, where the quake was centered. Twelve deaths were listed in the State of Mexico, which surrounds Mexico City on three sides, four in Guerrero state and one in Oaxaca, according to the official Twitter feed of civil defense agency head Luis Felipe Puente.

Mexico City residents rallied and joined the rescue efforts to free their neighbors following the quake.  Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 sites in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed and twisted and hundreds of thousands of people, fearing for their lives, ran into the streets. Buildings also collapsed in Morelos state, including the town hall and local church in Jojutla near the quake's epicenter. A dozen people died in Jojutla. The quake also ruptured gas mains and sparked fires across the city and other towns in central Mexico as falling rubble and billboards crushed cars.

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano, visible from the capital on a clear day, had a small eruption. On its slopes, a church in Atzitzihuacan collapsed during mass, killing 15 people, Puebla Governor Jose Antonio Gali said, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, Mexico City residents slept in the streets while authorities and volunteers set up tented collection centers to distribute food and water. The city’s metro area has a population of some 20 million. Federal authorities ordered schools in seven states, as well as Mexico City, closed until further notice. Patients were evacuated from many hospitals.

Hours after the quake, residents were still huddled on the streets, too afraid to go back inside. Along the boulevard Paseo de la Reforma, a strong smell of gas caused panic.

President Donald Trump, who had been criticized for taking days to contact Mexican Mr. Peña Nieto after the quake earlier this month, was quick to offer support. “God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you,” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon.


loves the truth Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:33 Permalink

Signs of the Last DaysLuke 21:7 Then they questioned him, saying: “Teacher, when will these things actually be, and what will be the sign when these things are to occur?”+  He said: “Look out that you are not misled,+ for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The due time is near.’ Do not go after them.+  Furthermore, when you hear of wars and disturbances,* do not be terrified. For these things must take place first, but the end will not occur immediately.”+10  Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation,+and kingdom against kingdom.+ 11  There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences;+ and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.12  “But before all these things happen, people will lay their hands on you and persecute you,+ handing you over to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name.+ 13  It will result in your giving a witness.

thatthingcanfly Kidbuck Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:24 Permalink

You are the one who comes across as "fucking stupid." It's obvious you have not the foggiest idea what you're talking about. There's more historical evidence supporting the truth of the narrative of Jesus' walk on Earth than any other historical event up until the advent of electronic media. I'd have a harder time proving that Robert E. Lee existed and was a Confederate General than I would proving that Jesus lived, and was Whom He said He was.Have you studied Christianity at all? Or do you just parrot whatever Dawkins and Hitchens say?

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Citium thatthingcanfly Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:21 Permalink

What?!? Not a single living historian from that time period wrote anything about a Jesus Christ or anyone performing miracles around the mediterranean. The bible is an antiquated oral tale that constantly contradicts itself. I went to a private baptist university and had to take multiple semesters of religion classes.. Sorry to break it to you but outside of the Bible there is literally no historical proof of Jesus Christ. Even the Catholic Church didnt know until hundreds of years after his supposed death if he was even the Son of God or just a man.The fact that you have so many up arrows show that this site hardly has any original fight club members left and instead has been infiltrated by the statist right who support Trump and blindly follow religion and the cult of politics. Keep reading your bible about a God who doesn't exist and voting for a change that will never come. Bon Chance.

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Pollygotacracker Kidbuck Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:36 Permalink

I don't usually attempt to enlighten one who has so obviously made up his mind, but here goes. I recommend that you visit Oxford University. There are literally dozens and dozens of ancient manuscripts, written in Greek, that document the eyewitness accounts described in the New Testament. Take a good long look. Then tell everyone how it was all 'made up'. For what purpose? To trick unsuspecting people, most who at the time could not even read? Make the trip and take a look. Your attitude will change.

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loves the truth Killdo Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:03 Permalink

That's a good queston.. The Bible answers that.Everyone is hoping for justice and that someone, president or some organization will step up and fix all of our problems,, Its not going to happen! Our Creator is the only one who can and has the power to do so by means of Christ Jesus, the one Jehovah has appointed as King of the Kingdom of God that will undo all the evil that mankind has suffered from the one Lie that caused our first parents to believe, that we dont need God to tell us what is good and bad, we can decide for ourselves, so 6000 years has past, and now time has runout for Satans rulership and a big showdown is coming, Do you want to be on the winning side?Available in 911 languages so far.… 

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thatthingcanfly loves the truth Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:48 Permalink

I'll add my caution to anything put out by the Jehovah's Witnesses. They are a millenarian cult, complete with their own bastardized version of the Bible, and are not to be considered mainline Christians by any stretch.JWs believe the Earth is only 6000 years old, rather than 4.5 billion, that the Earth was created literally in six Earth days, that the dinosaurs were all made up, and other nonsense that the Christian God never intended us to beleive. They also have a bizarre opposition to blood transfusions - even in cases where such would save a trauma victim's life - based on a tortured reading of a verse in the book of Acts (Chapter 22, if I remember correctly). And that's to say nothing of the millenarian, end-of-days prognostication, which flies right in the face of Jesus' admonition against trying to predict the time His second coming. Whacked-out and wildly heretical stuff.I know a few Jehovah's Witnesses; and they seem like nice folks. But I take issue when they make the claim that they are Christians.

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loves the truth thatthingcanfly Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:33 Permalink

People accuse us of a lot of things, and like the fake news, slander, lies that the media spews today, the majority are either uninformed or missinformed about Jehovah's Witnesses..We not not believe the earth is only 6000 years old. We believe in science based on facts, not theories. As far as the world in general hating us, these scriptures sum that question up.John 15:17 “These things I command you, that you love one another.+18  If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you.+ 19  If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world,+ but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.+ 20  Keep in mind the word I said to you: A slave is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you;+ if they have observed my word, they will also observe yours. 21  But they will do all these things against you on account of my name, because they do not know the One who sent me.+ 22  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin.+ But now they have no excuse for their sin.+ 23  Whoever hates me also hates my Father.+ 24  If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would have no sin;+ but now they have both seen me and hated me as well as my Father. 25  But this happened in order to fulfill the word written in their Law: ‘They hated me without cause.’+ 26  When the helper comes that I will send you from the Father, the spirit of the truth,+which comes from the Father, that one will bear witness about me;+ 27  and you, in turn, are to bear witness,+ because you have been with me from the beginning. 

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shamus001 Killdo Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:35 Permalink

Well I think we know "what kind of asshole" which will leave you here to suffer all of the things written in the good book. You have certainly made yourself worthy of them. It would appear currently you are of the the group of those whom he replies "Begone! Ye who work iniquity, for I never knew you." .....(And apparantly, you never knew him)

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The Sculptor Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:40 Permalink

Trapped in dust choked darkness, pinned down by inexplicable weight, broken bones and internal injuries. That's the reality for possible thousands.Treat those you love with extra kindness these days 

overmedicatedu… Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:51 Permalink

lets see, build homes next to sea and at sea level , what could go wrong?, build tall buildings along fault lines, what could go wrong?expect others to bail you out; when the what could go wrong happens..pricelessI came to help and kick ass, and I am all outta japan they put nuke plants at sea level and on fault line sites both..genius

shamus001 Dilluminati Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:41 Permalink

Quite the oppisite here. Ive lived through earthquakes my entire life. Theyre actually entertaining! Nithing to fear when you live in a rural environment, or your buildings in the city are actually built to code to withstand those quakes. I was 17 during the Quake of 89'. It was the most DIVINE sight to see! We walked out of our apartment into the middle of the street as trained to do. Very little loss of life in that one (and we had a collapsed bridge in the bay!)

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Ina Handbasket Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:13 Permalink

John Casey's 2015 book "upheaval" - history shows more volcanic activity and earthquakes when there are no sun spots (Grand Solar Minimum). Unlike man made global warming predictions, this guy has been accurate in the last decade. New Madrid fault 8.0 here we come.