A 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook Mexico on Tuesday, claiming around 248 lives and toppling infrastructure. Most deaths were reported in the cities of Puebla, Morelos, and Mexico City, the capital.
Prior to the disaster, people were conducting drills, commemorating the anniversary of the devastating quake in 1985. Residents were taken aback as the quarters trembled.
Rescuers were deployed to rummage through the rubbles and conducted immediate rescue work. President Enrique Pena Nieto issued a statement to the media, more than 27 buildings collapsed in the capital, 75 miles from the epicenter.
The disaster claimed 139 lives who breathed their last underneath the rubbles.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles (55 kilometers) south-southwest of the city of Puebla, in Puebla State. The depth of the earthquake was about 33 miles (51 kilometers)
Allison Chinchar, a CNN meteorologist said, “Any tremor below 70 kilometers is considered a shallow quake. This is important because shallow quakes often cause the most damage, compared to the ones that are deeper, regardless of the strength. This was a relatively strong earthquake.”
Ricardo Ramos, a TV producer from Los Angeles, was on a location scouting in the Mexico City before the quake hit.
Luis Ramos, owner of an airlines business management company, told the media that the he was in a meeting near Mexico’s main airport prior to the tremors. He swiftly collected his 99-year-old grandfather and drove around the capital.
Another resident told the media that she was watching a special telecast of the 1985 earthquake when the furniture and the cutlery began falling over.
On September 19, 1985, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake claimed the lives of 9,500 people in and around Mexico City. The event brought in different building codes for greater protection against severe tremors.