With multiple hurricanes and now a second earthquake in the news, it's a hell of a time for natural disasters. Mexico experienced its second earthquake in two weeks just yesterday, on the precise anniversary of a devastating quake that rocked Mexico City in 1985.
What's different between then and now is that now everyone has a camera in their pocket. Seeing footage on Twitter drives the disaster home in a way that reading about it doesn't; just what the hell do you do when everything around you starts shaking? Obviously you want to get out into the open and away from buildings, as you'll see below.
Footage of Buildings Collapsing— REFORMACOM (@Reforma) September 19, 2017">
Trapped Children Being Discovered and Rescued
A Woman's Very Narrow Miss
At press time the death toll was estimated to be 225, with scores more still missing. Today rescuers are going through the wreckage as best they can, with reports of some residents digging through the collapsed rubble of a school with their bare hands, in hopes of finding the 30 children reported to be inside.
After Hurricane Irma struck Texas in August, the Mexican government offered to assist the United States. The Guardian reports that following yesterday's quake, the U.S. President tweeted "God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you." Political differences aside, it appears neighboring countries are still willing to assist one another.