Mexico is in SOS alert.
After being struck by the massive 8.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on September 8 and killed around 100 people, the southeastern part of the country was struck again by another massive earthquake reaching a magnitude of 7.1.
As of an hour ago, a total of 230 people were recorded dead, and the number is still expected to rise as the rescue operation is still ongoing.
The earthquake struck at around 2:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The U.S. Geological Survey reveals that epicenter was in the state of Puebla, 123km southeast of Mexico City.
As of today, 21 children and 4 adults are recorded dead in the collapse of a private school. Around 44 buildings collapsed in Mexico City leaving other building damaged and unsafe to use for people. There were a total of 100 people reported dead in Mexico City. The Mayor of Mexico City announced that 52 people were rescued alive and some survivors were rescued 24 hours after the quake.
A seven-story block in La Condesa neighborhood collapsed, and the number of people trapped inside the building is still unknown. Also, a church in Atzitzihuacan collapsed during the quake and eruption where 15 people were reported dead while hearing mass.
Aside from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake, volcano Popocatepetl erupted just minutes after the earthquake happened. Popocatepetl is located 30 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter.
Check out these photos and videos during and after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico:
President Enrique Peña Nieto officially released an order to evacuate patients from damaged hospitals as the president fears that more building could collapse from aftershocks.
The 7.1 magnitude earthquake occurred on the anniversary of 1985 earthquake that killed almost 10,000 people in Mexico.
The rescue operation is still on-going in Mexico.
HOW TO HELP?
You may send your donation through these channels:
- Mexican Red Cross. You may also check out their Amazon Wish List for the items needed most by the victims.
- Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization pledged that 100 percent of its donations will be sent to Mexico to facilitate the delivery of medical supplies and to provide relief goods.
- GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization that pledged that 100% donations to its earthquake fund will go to recovery and relief efforts.
- Fondo Unido México, part of the United Way network, has created an emergency fund to provide help and aid to the earthquake and hurricane victims.