Tragedy in Mexico

Nneka Iweanya, Staff Contributor

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Tragedy in Mexico


Mexico was just added to the victim’s list of yet another devastating earthquake. On September 19, 2017, the country was struck with a massive 7.1 quake, killing at least 225 citizens while demolishing most of Central Mexico’s cities. Some of the buildings include schools, churches, and other places of worship. Fifteen people were killed when a church near Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano collapsed during Mass. The volcano itself had a small eruption as a result of the tremor. In Atzala, Puebla, another church collapsed during a baptism killing 11 people including the baby, Church officials told Efe news agency.

“Some voices have been heard,”  Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said after visiting the rescue operation. “In the time I have been here, I have seen how at times they have asked for total silence, solidarity to listen for the voices.” (The New Yorker)

The earthquake was located near Atencingo in Puebla State, about 120km (75 miles) from Mexico City. Right after the quake, many people helped dig their fellow citizens out of the ruble. The quake was “the strongest that I can remember,” said Susana Bustamante, who works for a telecoms firm. The earthquake comes at a tough time. The United States is threatening to tear up its free-trade treaty with Mexico and Canada and crime is on the rise.

This entire ordeal has brought Mexico closer to the world’s forefront affairs. They are now looking for help from whoever is willing to lend it. Everyone must remember to send their prayers for all the victims in this horrible incident and hope that they’ll be able to move forward from this as a whole.


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