A 7.1 earthquake hit central Mexico earlier this week, leaving over 200 dead and leaving millions without power. The country is still recovering from an 8.1 quake that occurred earlier this month off Mexico's southern coast; killing 61 people. The newest quake happened on the 32nd anniversary of a huge earthquake that killed almost 10,000 people in Mexico City in 1985.
The earthquake's epicenter was 2.8 miles northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles southwest of the City of Puebla. Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto told citizens that the country is facing a national emergency. Buildings crumbled and collapsed in Mexico City, where the public transportation system temporarily shut down operations. Close to 5 million people were left without power.
Tensions are rising and there has been growing resentment toward the Mexican military's response attempt. Most rescue operations, initially led by volunteers, have been taken over by Mexico's armed forces to begin razing collapsed buildings. In one neighborhood, the navy reportedly shut down a rescue operation in an office building where 24 survivors had already been pulled free from the debris.
The death toll continues to rise in the earthquake's aftermath. Officials estimate that 1,900 people have been injured and thousands have lost their homes. Salma Hayek, Mark Zuckerberg, and J.K. Rowling are among celebrities who have donated to rescue missions. President Trump offered U.S. assistance to Mexico, and a U.S. search and rescue team has already traveled to Mexico City to help.
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