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7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Mexico, Death Toll Rises

By Celeste Pineda

SAN ANTONIO—A magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook Mexico Tuesday afternoon leaving more than 200 people dead. The earthquake hit just 75 miles southeast of Mexico City but still managed to cause extensive damage there. At least 44 buildings, including homes, office buildings, and many schools were affected. The earthquake coincidentally falls on the same day an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico 32 years ago.

Rescuers helped through the wreckage looking for survivors late Tuesday evening. “The priority now is continue rescuing those who are still trapped and provide medical attention to the injured,” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said.

Many people who had family in Mexico quickly reached out to them after learning about the earthquake. Ana Paula Aun lives here in San Antonio however she still has family and friends who live near Mexico City.

“I found out because I have a big group of friends and family that live in Mexico City. They sent videos of how they had to evacuate and I immediately had goosebumps.”. Ana then proceeded to show me the videos and pictures sent to her. “My brother in law couldn’t be found so we immediately were concerned about his whereabouts. We kept calling and texting but even the lines were all blocked up.”

Parents rushed to the school their children were at on Tuesday immediately after the earthquake hit. One mother said there was no communication so she drove straight to the school and prayed her children were there when she arrived.

There are many areas still without power and communication remains limited. Firefighters, police, soldiers, and volunteers continue to work through the rumble listening for voices of possible survivors. The death toll also continues to climb as rescuers work hard to find survivors in collapsed buildings.

“The priority continues to be rescuing people in collapsed structures and tending to the injured,” Nieto said in a post on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

“Every second counts to save lives,” he added.

 

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