At least 47 people were killed as a strong 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday. The whole central Mexico was affected by the earthquake, but especially Mexico City received the brunt of the damage, with authorities reporting at least 47 fatalities.
What’s very strange about Tuesday’s earthquake is the fact that it arrived on the anniversary of another deadly quake which jolted Mexico City 22 years ago to the day, in 1985, an earthquake that devastated Mexico City and killed thousands. The center of Mexico City was violently shook on Tuesday and thousands of people were seen fleeing into the streets, trying to get away from crumbling buildings, screaming and looking for help.
A number of buildings have collapsed, cracks opened on apartment facades, balconies crumbled and entire blocks were evacuated due to gas leaks which could cause explosions. The 7.1 magnitude tremor hit Mexico City a few hours after emergency drills have finished, marking the anniversary of the 1985 devastating quake. Tuesday’s earthquake originated five miles south-east of Atecingo in Puebla, at a depth of thirty two miles, as per US Geological Survey data, in the aftermath of the 8.1 quake that hit Mexico a few days ago, killing almost 100 people.
— ABC News (@ABC) September 19, 2017
President Trump offered his condolences and promised full support for the beleaguered people of Mexico:
God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2017
US flights were diverted:
Mexico City airport (MEX) is currently closed due to an earthquake! Flights are holding/diverting pic.twitter.com/f1i69zm0l8
— Breaking Flight News (@FlightBreaking) September 19, 2017
Roads around Terminal 2 at Mexico City International Airport are damaged. Flights diverting 🛬 pic.twitter.com/7IDXOFMLCz
— Flight Alerts ⚠ (@FlightAlerts777) September 19, 2017
— Reporte Índigo (@Reporte_Indigo) September 19, 2017
— Sebastian Duran (@Seb_os442) September 19, 2017
BreakingNLive: BREAKING NEWS: VIDEO SHOWS DEBRIS OVER MEXICO CITY AS SEVERAL BUILDINGS HAVE COLLAPSED AFTER M 7.1-… pic.twitter.com/TrbzWxWejG
— Gosippy TabLloyd (@LloydZiel) September 19, 2017
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