Major Earthquake Strikes Mexico on a Fateful Date in September

On September 19, 2017, exactly thirty-two years after the devastating earthquake of 1985, a powerful quake shook central Mexico. The 7.1 magnitude quake crumpled many buildings into huge clouds of dust, killed hundreds, and sent thousands fleeing into the streets. In densely populated parts of Mexico City, mounds of rubble were all that was left of at least 44 structures. There was also damage and death in areas south of the capital city. What is more, this quake came just days after another that struck Chiapas on September 8, which left at least 99 dead. Observers pointed to selfless heroism, the true cost of questionable building projects, and unsavory media manipulation, while also searching for meaning and lessons for the future.

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