Mexico: Powerful earthquake topples buildings, leaves at least 130 dead
A powerful earthquake has struck central Mexico; earlier this month an 8.1-magnitude earthquake had left the southern part of the country in shambles. The 7.1-magnitude quake affected the states of Morelos, Puebla, and Mexico State, leaving at least 140 people dead. In Mexico City alone, more than 30 buildings have suffered large-scale damage. Efforts are currently on to rescue people trapped under the rubble.
What do we know about the earthquake?
The US Geological Survey identified the epicenter to be next to Atencingo in Puebla state, around 120 km from Mexico City. It is estimated to have a depth of 51 km.
Ironically, the tremors were felt when people were participating in a drill commemorating the anniversary of a 1985-earthquake which had left thousands dead. Although earthquake alarms were sounded, many people thought that these were part of the drill. Shocked by the impact, people reportedly rushed to the streets crying, shaking and trying to get in touch with their kith and kin.
Widespread damage reported, rescue efforts are on
A team of rescue workers and volunteers are helping people trapped under the rubble. Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera stated that they have to deal with badly damaged buildings in at least 44 locations. A factory, a supermarket, and apartment buildings are among the badly damaged sites. While several children trapped in the Enrique Rebsamen school were rescued, many others are still trapped.
World leaders extend supporting hand toward Mexico
World leaders extended their support to Mexico after understanding the scale of the damage. "We are with you and will be there for you," tweeted US President Trump. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau also conveyed his country's readiness to help Mexico via Twitter.