An aftershock hit Mexico Saturday after the powerful and deadly earthquake earlier in the week. Volunteers have poured out in the thousands to help dig for survivors.
A strong, new earthquake shook Mexico today, causing even more alarm in a country reeling from the powerful quake earlier in the week which killed hundreds. All week, thousands of volunteers raced to the sites of collapsed buildings to save those trapped in the rubble. Among them, a group of cyclists delivering aid to rescue workers.
Michael Fernandez, executive director of CARAS, a nonprofit based in Puerto Rico, speaks with NPR’s Scott Simon from the island, where he’s aiding in the disaster recovery efforts.
Rescue workers in Mexico pulled people out alive of a textile factory more than two days after the building collapsed in the earthquake. But at some point the decision will be made to stop the search.
As Hispanic Heritage Month gets under way, it’s worth noting that the idea of people from the Latin American diaspora referring to themselves as ‘Hispanic’ or ‘Latino’ or ‘Latinx’ is a fairly new one.
The operation was prompted by an apparent war among drug lords. Residents were forced to dive for cover on the floors of their homes as several hundred well-armed gangsters roamed the streets.
Much of the damage and casualties from Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake have been in Mexico City. We hear from survivors, rescuers and those waiting to hear word of their loved ones.
Dozens of survivors have been pulled from the wreckage following Tuesday’s powerful earthquake in central Mexico. But with each passing hour, the chances of finding survivors diminishes.
It’s been two days since a powerful earthquake violently shook central Mexico killing at least 245 people. But buildings keep falling even as rescue efforts turn more to recovery and reconstruction.
Natural disasters have caused intense stress for Mexican-Americans. Some have relatives missing in the wake of two earthquakes and others are dealing with losses caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.