Mexico Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 273

Lester Mason
September 23, 2017

MORE: Trapped girl a symbol for Mexico's quake rescue efforts as death toll rises " As we got back into the city, we saw the crumbled buildings and the ambulances and just hundreds of people out on the street because they had to get out in case there was a gas leak", Smith said.

Mexico has set up 50 shelters to house quake survivors, but some people are choosing to sleep in the streets.

A Southern California producer talked about living through the frightening moments when a deadly 7.1-magnitude quake struck central Mexico.

"We can't predict or forecast earthquakes", Bellini said.

In the event of a major Cascadia Subduction Zone quake, it could give people in Portland as much as three minutes of warning. "But we don't know they're foreshocks until the big one happens".

"There can be a lot of new lessons to learn from the damage to these well-conceived buildings", Bruneau said. Mexico's metro system is free for the second day running and public transit officials said on Twitter that they are allowing people with rescue tools, like picks, shovels, and mallets, to ride its vehicles.

Project Paz is a NYC-based group founded by a group of Mexican nationals with a focus on helping Latino children in Mexico and the U.S. They are working with United Way Mexico and FundaciĆ³n Comunitaria Oaxaca to raise money that will be sent directly to victims of the quake and also help buy much-needed supplies for relief work that will continue for months.


In Morelos, just to the south of Mexico City, damage was widespread. It also comes only 12 days after a massive 8.1-magnitude quake struck southern Mexico on September 7, killing at least 96.

Bruneau traveled to Mexico City after the 1985 quake to assess the damage there, and says numerous photos he has seen of collapsed buildings from Tuesday's temblor are eerily familiar.

The bishop reported "many deaths" and "many churches damaged".

A friend of the association living in Mexico City spoke to Global News over Skype and said he is also driving to and from the rural parts of Mexico hit hardest to bring supplies and anything needed immediately.

Measures such as adding structural walls, taking out windows and putting in supports are pricey, but substantially improve building safety in earthquake-prone areas, said Mary Comerio, a professor of the graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley.

Following Mexico's second major natural disaster in two weeks, bishops in the country called for prayers and solidarity, asking Our Lady of Guadalupe to intercede and comfort the suffering people.

Contributing to this story were David Agren in Mexico City; Barbara Fraser in Lima, Peru; and Cindy Wooden at the Vatican. The Cuernavaca cathedral, which dates to the 1500s and been undergoing restoration activities, also suffered damage and parts of it can not be used, Cruz said.

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