Mexican Burien Store Owner Reflects on Mexico City Earthquake

Mexican Burien Store Owner Reflects on Mexico City Earthquake”

The crowd of anxious parents outside the gates shared reports that two families had received Whatsapp messages from girls trapped inside, but that could not be confirmed. Soldiers, rescuers and medics worked relentlessly, including some who said they had been there for 36 hours before being relieved. Other emergency workers found them.

That rescue effort took on a heightened sense of urgency Thursday as the threat of aftershocks increased the possibility the unstable three-story structure could collapse.

"A girl named Frida communicated via WhatsApp with her mother last night and told her where she was so they could find her" under the rubble, volunteer Maria Elena Villaseñor told Efe news on Wednesday from Enrique Rebsamen School.

Then on Thursday afternoon, Navy Assistant Secretary Enrique Sarmiento announced that while there were blood traces and other signs suggesting someone could be alive beneath the school, all its children had been accounted for. So far 230 people in the country have known to have died. It followed an 8.1 magnitude quake off Mexico's southern coast earlier this month, as well as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria.

Emotions from a devastated Mexico City are felt all the way here in the Upstate.

The area remains closed to traffic from the popular Espana Park to the Cibeles roundabout, where around 40 military vehicles are stationed with equipment and goods for the affected population.

Over 200 people gathered on the corner of the streets of Salamance, Nuevo Leon and Alvaro Obregon, where rescue workers sifted through the remains of an office block.

If Frida detects the presence of a survivor, she is trained to bark to alert rescue workers but if she detects a corpse she stops suddenly before proceeding, her handler explained.

52 people have been rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings, according to the Mexico City government.

Fontaine remembers going through the other major quake on the same day in Mexico City in 1985. He told the Televisa network that 20 or more buildings collapsed or suffered serious damage. The tragedy has brought many people together in efforts to rebuild what was destroyed.

There were also 69 deaths in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla state, 13 in the state of Mexico, four in Guerrero state and one in Oaxaca state, according to Puente's tally.

"My family is inside the city, downtown, but not affected physically or materially".

"What we need above all is for a census to be taken of those of us who are alive", said Prieto, torn between gratitude that her two children had survived and anguish over the missing and the dead. The delegation is operating with 2 of the 38 teams in the city and is now assisting rescue efforts in a school that was badly damaged by the natural disaster.

At the private Colegio Enrique Rabsamen, where rescuers thought they were trying to reach the girl, the temblor caused the school to fold in on itself, sandwiching and collapsing classroom onto classroom.

Foro TV interviewed two girls who said they were doing their English homework as the building began to shake.

"The English teacher said there was a quake".

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