For the second time in a month, residents of Mexico felt the earth violently tremble beneath them. On September 19th, 2017, a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook the state of Puebla, reducing many buildings to rubble. Puebla, a state about 75 miles from Mexico City, was the epicenter of this devastating quake where over 200 residents lost their lives, including over 20 children who perished when a school crumbled on top of them. Thousands in the affected area were injured.
Just 11 days earlier, an 8.1 magnitude struck near Chiapas, Mexico where 98 people were killed. This earthquake was close to the coast and triggered tsunami warnings for the surrounding areas.
Tuesday’s earthquake was eerily on the 32nd anniversary of an extremely powerful earthquake that struck Mexico City in which 10,000 people died. Reports show that the residents had all participated in a national earthquake just a mere two hours before to commemorate the anniversary.
Hundreds of volunteers have come from around the world to assist in rescue operations as well as cleanup. Rescuers uncovered a man who had been trapped in rubble for over 52 hours but died soon after his rescue. In the collapsed school however, 11 children were rescued from the obliterated building.This powerful earthquake has not only killed hundreds, and devastated states, but it has triggered a volcanic eruption. The Popocatepetl volcano erupted after the quake which caused a church to collapse killing 19 parishioners.
As aftershocks continue to shake the region, residents of Puebla and Mexico City attempt to return to normal. Rescue workers and dog teams continue to search for hope of just one more survivor.