The neighboring country of Mexico is reeling after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked the central valley of the country and the nation’s capital and second largest city in the world. Many of our members were born in Mexico or have ties to the southern neighbor and family members were scrambling to get in contact with loved ones in the area. The southern part of the country was rocked by a seismic event registering at 8.1 on the Richter scale earlier this month.

The earthquake happened on the anniversary of the deadliest natural disaster in recent memory for Mexico, the 1985 earthquake which claimed the lives of upwards of 10,000 people. Just hours earlier, the city commemorated the anniversary of that disaster by holding their annual earthquake simulation drill which the city hosts as a remembrance event yearly at the time of the 1985 quake.

President Enrique Pena Nieto has declared a state of emergency in the capital city as well as surrounding areas that were also affected by the seismic event which has devastated parts of the Federal District. In the spirit of humanity and solidarity, Mexicans are coming together to initiate recovery and search and rescue efforts in the hardest hit areas where buildings collapsed and trapped many.

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