A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck at 1:14pm, just 34 miles south of the city of Puebla. The earthquake hit on September 19, 2017, on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake that killed more than 10,000 people. The 7.1 earthquake caused damage in Morelos as well as the Greater Mexico City area. More than 240 people are dead. 26 children are dead, and 30 more are unaccounted for, after the The Enrique C. Rébsamen school collapsed. The Mexican Secretariat of the Interior declared a state of emergency in Morelos, Puebla, and Mexico City, allowing the use of the funds from the National Natural Disaster Fund. Many efforts are taking place, as the Mexican Army and Navy deployed 3,000 troops to help aid in cleanup and search and rescue missions. The Puebla Earthquake is a surreal feeling for the residents of Mexico, and a flashback to the even more devastating Mexico City Earthquake that occurred 32 years before. Citizens came together to help rescue many others, forming bucket brigades to help clear out debris and save missing persons.
—Dalton McKenzie–Odin’s Word