Update: Mexico death toll rises to 324
11am, Sept 25, 2017
Mexican officials say the death toll in last week’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen to 324.
Civil Defense chief Luis Felipe Puente says in a tweet that 186 of the deaths occurred in Mexico City. Seventy-three died in the state of Morelos, 45 in Puebla, 13 in the State of Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. The quake was centered in Puebla state, southeast of Mexico City.
At least 96 people also died in a magnitude 8.2 earthquake that hit off the southern Mexican coast on Sept. 7.
Powerful Earthquake Shakes Mexico On 32nd Anniversary Of Deadly Temblor
Thirty-two years to the day after an earthquake killed thousands of people in Mexico, a powerful quake roiled the country’s capital city Tuesday. Buildings shivered in Mexico City, shattering facades and sending clouds of dust skyward.
Residents who just hours before had taken part in large simulated earthquake drills to mark the anniversary emptied into the streets when the real quake struck.
In its preliminary assessment, the U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 earthquake’s epicenter was just over 3 miles east-northeast of Raboso, some 75 miles southeast of Mexico City.
“I could barely stand up. There was glass falling everywhere. I really thought the building was going to fall,” reporter Emily Green told NPR. “It was a terrifying experience.”
Así se vio la CDMX desde las alturas segundos después del sismo de este medio día. pic.twitter.com/oWDagcjiiV
— Periódico Excélsior (@Excelsior) September 19, 2017
Videos purported to show buildings shaking under the strain, and The New York Times reports that a whole office building collapsed in the neighborhood of Roma Norte. It was not immediately clear if there were casualties.
The earthquake comes less than two weeks after a massive temblor struck southern Mexico, killing at least 60 people.
It also arrived on the anniversary of a 1985 earthquake that left thousands dead and parts of the city in ruins. To mark the anniversary, the city had held extensive earthquake drills the same day, according to The Associated Press.
Univision’s Enrique Acevedo noted a national earthquake drill was scheduled for 1 p.m.
“There are lots of people on the street and folks crying, a little bit beside themselves,” Green said.
This is a developing story. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops.