Many in Mexico didn’t sleep. Those who could worked tirelessly through the night, searching for the living under piles of rubble, following the 7.1-magnitude quake that devastated central and southern Mexico on Tuesday. Others rushed about the city, gathering supplies—water, medicine, generators, shovels, gloves—to bring to the hundreds of volunteers and security forces attempting to rescue those trapped under dozens of collapsed buildings in the capital. Still others reacted on social media—watching from afar, retweeting news about the latest updates, lists of buildings in need of supplies, the names of those being pulled out alive, and information on the whereabouts of the few lucky people in Mexico City who, though trapped under tons of debris, were rescued after managing to make contact with the outside world using their cellphones. Throughout the night and into the early Wednesday hours, as the death toll climbed to at least 225 across multiple states—Mexico City, 94; Morelos, 71; Puebla, 43; Mexico State, 12; Guerrero, 4; Oaxaca, 1—Mexicans showed the sort of unity and solidarity not seen since exactly 32 years before, on September 19, 1985, the day of a magnitude 8.0 quake that devastated the capital and killed at least 10,000. On Tuesday morning,… Read full this story
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