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Mexico’s earthquakes cause damage and destruction

September 29, 2017

Photo Courtesy of New York Times

Along with the hurricanes and wildfires that are devastating areas of North America, earthquakes have also been demolishing parts of Mexico.

On Tuesday, September 19, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit central Mexico. Later, on the morning of September 23, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit El Barrio de la Soledad, Oaxaca, Mexico. Since then, several other earthquakes have affected the southern part of the country.

As of Monday, the death toll from the earthquakes this month had reached 326 people, according to Mexico’s civil protection coordinator. CNN reported that the search for missing people could continue for the next two weeks.

Several roadblocks have emerged in the process of searching and rescuing those missing, with elements such as bad weather and aftershocks of the earthquake slowing the process. Due to the destruction caused by the earthquake, it has proven difficult to speed up or complete the search for people who may be missing.

While missing citizens are one of the main issues Mexico is facing due to the earthquakes, another major problem is the displacement of many individuals. Houses were destroyed in the earthquakes, and this has left many victims homeless and without places to go. Along with this, many houses and even hospitals have gone down because of the earthquakes as well. According to the New York Times, “38 buildings have collapsed in the quake” in Mexico City.

The mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa, also stated that 500 buildings in the city were at high risk of collapsing. These buildings would not be able to be inhabited before undergoing demolition or major reconstruction.

The aftermath of this earthquake resembles that of the quake that hit Mexico City in 1985. The earthquake took out parts of the city and reconstruction lasted more than a decade. Hopefully, with the aid of volunteers and donations, this outcome does not mirror the near future for the Mexico City of today.

Kaelin Sommer
News Editor

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