Trudeau reacts to devastating magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Mexico City

Sep 19 2017, 9:30 pm

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked Mexico City on Tuesday, and – according to Graco Ramires, the Governor of Morelos – left 44 people dead.

Over 20 million people live in the Mexico City region alone, not including the area the seismic event directly hit, namely the city of Puebla.

The earthquake had a depth of 51 kms when it struck at 1:14 pm CDT. It hit on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, which killed 10,000 people.

A multi-storey building’s collapse during the shaking was caught on video:

Scenes of the wide-spread destruction were shared on Twitter by others as well.

In response to the quake, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his thoughts and condolences and said Canada “will be ready to help our friends.”

Recently-elected BC Premier John Horgan said his thoughts were with everyone affected by the quake.

This is the second major quake to hit Mexico this month.

On September 7, a magnitude 8.1 quake struck off Mexico’s southern coast, and was felt in the capital as well. The country was also battered by Hurricane Katia, a category 1 cyclone, at the same time.

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