Deadly 7.1 Quake Hits Southern Mexico!

Peña Nieto asked people to stay indoors and stay away from the streets while the rescue attempts continue. Still, residents are joining forces with rescue workers to search for survivors.
Mexico’s soccer teams are also helping in the relief effort, with C.F. Monterrey, Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz, C.F. Pachuca, Santos Laguna, Puebla F.C. and Club Atlas urging people to bring water and nonperishables to stadiums and other facilities.
In the upscale district of Roma, one of the hardest-hit areas of Mexico City, Violeta Gaytan was among those who fled to get away from damaged buildings and a strong smell of gas.
“There was a lot of people screaming, children everywhere. I saw people calling out for doctors and a lot of dust,” a witness said.
Like others, Gaytan began to walk home. She expected it would take hours, but a man was driving around offering people rides to metro stations across the city. Hours before Tuesday’s earthquake, authorities held a citywide drill on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed an estimated 9,500 people in and around Mexico City, one the country’s worst natural disasters.

An earlier death toll of nearly 250 was lowered to 217 by the country’s national co-ordinator for civil protection:

  • Morelos state: 71 dead
  • Puebla state: 43 dead
  • Mexico City: 86 dead
  • Mexico state: 12 dead
  • Guerrero: 4 dead
  • Oaxaca: 1

As many as 37 people – 32 children and five adults – died when the Enrique Rébsamen elementary school collapsed in Mexico City’s southern Coapa district, Efe news agency reports, quoting local media.