Thirty-two years to the day after an earthquake killed thousands of people in Mexico, a powerful quake rattled the country’s central region Tuesday..
“We don’t have an estimate yet from authorities of how many buildings — but just photos and videos from people in the street show there are many buildings collapsed so far,” reporter James Fredrick told NPR. “The civil protection agency of Mexico City has confirmed that they’re beginning excavation work for people trapped inside collapsed buildings.”
Another problem loosed by the quake: Gas leaks have been reported across the city, some of which have already resulted in fires, according to Fredrick.
“God bless the people of Mexico City,” President Trump tweeted Tuesday in the aftermath. “We are with you and will be there for you.“
But look at this video collection of what happened today: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMrET1YFGMI]
I gave this some thought today too as I watched the horror unfold: What if it was created by a common thought? ….32 years since one massive quake, and it was on everyone’s mind. Did mass thought make a new one? Can that happen? … or is mother nature, churning with deadly hurricanes and now quakes, just that cruel?
History shows it? She is just that cruel.
“It’s a law that all schools and public institutions have to do a safety drill on Sept. 19,” Greg Berger, a journalist and professor in Cuernavaca, in the state of Morelos, told NPR’s Adhiti Bandlamudi. His 10-year-old son had already taken part in a drill at school in the morning — “then it started shaking again, and my son told me that he thought it was another drill, but a high-tech drill. He thought it was kind of cool, because he thought they were making the floors move.”
Just as collective consciousness can potentially move a storm, can it also create such heartbreak as we saw today?
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