Central Mexico was struck by a magnitude-7.1 earthquake on Tuesday, less than two weeks after an earthquake of an 8.1 magnitude hit the country. While it hit around 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, the earthquake knocked down at least 44 buildings there.
The earthquakes are not related to the major hurricanes that have hit the Gulf Coast and Florida or to Hurricane Maria, which is headed for Puerto Rico.
Tuesday’s earthquake struck on the anniversary of a major earthquake that killed more than 9,500 people. The magnitude-8.0 Michoacan earthquake hit Mexico City 32 years ago.
How many people have died?
At least 217 people died during Tuesday’s earthquake, and emergency responders and volunteers were still hunting for those missing on Wednesday. A school in Mexico City was partially crushed during the quake, and at least 25 bodies were pulled from the rubble. All but four of them were children.
Glenn, who recently visited Mexico City, called it “one of the greatest cities … in the Western hemisphere.” Despite the tragedy, he was inspired by the people who dug through the rubble to rescue the missing. “Neighbor helping neighbor, a community coming together,” he said.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: This was the sound in Mexico City, yesterday. As the ground began to shake violently, explosions and buildings falling down. The capitol experienced a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. It was prolonged, and it was violent. As of this morning, rescuers are still working to dig people out from under the rubble.
Here’s what we know today: Two hundred forty people have been reported dead, but there will be many more. The number is expected to rise. More than 40 buildings have already collapsed, including at least two schools.
In a strange turn of events, what made yesterday so weird and jarring was that many Mexicans had attended memorial services earlier that morning. They had been to church because they were marking the 30-second anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed 10,000.
This earthquake also came less than two weeks after an 8.1 magnitude that killed 91 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Mexico City is one of the greatest cities, I believe, in the western hemisphere. It’s a clean New York. It is a great cultural city.
And in the rubble, we saw something else: We saw the strength of the human spirit. We saw neighbor helping neighbor. A community coming together. And in the coming days, we’ll see what makes America great yet again. We will see Americans reaching deep and helping their neighbor.
Because no matter what we say, there is never a wall around our hearts. Yesterday, what we saw in Mexico was a nation moved to action, when everybody focused on what really mattered most: each other.
For two countries that are throwing the war of words back and forth with our politicians, it was interesting to watch yesterday and see, in the end, we’re not all that different.