Mexico suffers a 7.1 earthquake
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On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, a major 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit 75 miles southeast of Mexico City. According to the Daily News, as of Sunday, the death count had risen to 320 people, and had become the country’s deadliest earthquake since the exact day in 1985.
The federal government has declared Mexico City to be in a state of disaster, thereby freeing up emergency funds. In the meantime, Mexico’s stock exchange has also suspended trading.
Still reeling from the 8.1-magnitude tremor on Friday, Sept. 8, Mexico is in high demand for medical relief and shelter for those affected by these natural disasters. The earthquake devastated 2,224 schools, and close to 17,000 people have been “attended to” at 48 shelters, Mexico City Mayor Mancera reported. Electricity is sporadic, and relief groups are rushing to aid Mexico during this time of panic.
Later that Tuesday, Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, created a video statement that declared that the initial focus would be to find people trapped in wrecked buildings and to remain calm. According to Yahoo News, Peña Nieto expanded by stating that Mexico has “learned to respond to these episodes with commitment and spirit of solidarity...We will stay united, confronting this new challenge together.” In the meantime, people are frantically awaiting news of lost love ones.
In terms of relief efforts, Major League Baseball has pledged $1 million to aid those affected by the earthquake in Mexico as well as those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and actress Salma Hayek pledged $100,000 to help the victims of Mexico’s earthquake. Relief groups are also working to provide medical relief, serving hot meals, and building temporary shelters for victims of the earthquake, reports CNN. Another impactful rescue effort is the “one bucket at a time” line that is slowly but surely clearing debris as the police dogs search for victims. One citizen states plainly: “I work near here, but we have to help...It’s our country.” The day after the earthquake, Trump had a “lengthy call” with Peña Nieto, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, where the former stated on Twitter that the United States is “with you and will be there for you.”