Just eight days after an 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Mexico, killing 96 people, a 7.1-magnitude quake occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The epicenter was about 100 miles southeast of Mexico City. The death toll has reached 230 people as of Sept. 20, and the number is expected to rise as rescue operations continue to search.
This quake occurred shortly after an earthquake drill had been conducted. The drill is held annually on Sept. 19 every year in reference to another quake in 1985 that killed thousands of people in Mexico City and the surrounding areas.
The structural damage to the city is severe, as Mexico City is constructed over the remains of an ancient lake. Gas lines ruptured, causing explosions and fires. Many buildings have structural damage and 44 have completely collapsed, including a combined primary and secondary school.
Due to the quick turn-around time for this event, Eastern Mennonite University has not started a donation drive. Instead, The Weather Vane is directing students, faculty, staff, and community members who wish to help to either the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund or Oxfam Mexico.