The death toll is currently at 250, but is steadily rising from the earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey calculated the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake at 7.1. The epicenter was about 80 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Puebla. It struck on the anniversary of a 1985 temblor, which killed thousands of people and devastated large parts of Mexico City.
Currently, it is being reported that 44 buildings have been reduced to rubble. Sadly there are people trapped under the rubble. Hundreds of residents helped a team of soldiers, police officers and firemen search the rubble for survivors. Many of the men were shirtless in the late summer heat, and everyone was covered with dust. Many of the survivors are afraid to return to their homes, not knowing if their homes could collapse.
Susan Hough, a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist, said Tuesday’s quake was likely related to one that struck off the coast of Mexico’s Oaxaca state on Sept. 7, which the government calculated as a magnitude 8.2 and the USGS as an 8.1.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Mexico.