Major Earthquake Hits Near Mexico City – Death Toll Climbing…

This is horrific.  Multiple buildings have collapsed, several appear to have pancaked. Prayers for the people in Mexico City.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A major earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck central Mexico on Tuesday, toppling dozens of buildings in the heavily populated capital and killing at least 49 people nearby.

President Enrique Pena said 27 buildings had collapsed in Mexico City, one of the world’s biggest cities. The first reports of fatalities were from surrounding areas.

In the state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City, 42 people died, the state’s governor said. Authorities reported other deaths in neighboring Puebla and the State of Mexico.

“People are really scared right now,” said dentist Claudia Meneses who was in her clinic in Mexico City’s Lindavista neighborhood when the earthquake struck mid-afternoon. “We’re going to go to a building that fell to see if we can help.”

Earthquakes of magnitude 7 or above are regarded as major and are capable of causing widespread heavy damage.

Television images showed a multi-story building in the capital with a middle floor collapsed as sirens blared and first responders rushed to the scene. Other video showed the side of a government building shearing off and falling into the street as bystanders screamed.

Rescue workers pulled at least one survivor from a collapsed building in the Condesa neighborhood near the center of Mexico City.  (read more)

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251 Responses to Major Earthquake Hits Near Mexico City – Death Toll Climbing…

  1. Publius2016 says:

    What a time to have a builder in the White House…may increase pressure on Mexico to resolve NAFTA for the good of their people.

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  2. TwoLaine says:

    Sadly we are going to see real quick who is built for “climate change”.

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  3. the phoenix says:

    Praying …

    Dios te salve, María, llena eres de gracia,
    el Señor es contigo.
    Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres,
    y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús.
    Santa María, Madre de Dios,
    ruega por nosotros pecadores,
    ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.
    Amen.

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  4. Ziiggii says:

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  5. Ziiggii says:

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  6. Ziiggii says:

    this one shows damage happening all over the city

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  7. Ziiggii says:

    there are many video’s floating around like this one

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  8. Ziiggii says:

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    • LBB says:

      Very terrible images. Prayers for Mexico City and may they be able to yet save some lives.

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    • These are old images this “Yvonne” posted I think. Came across lots of these fakes.
      Im pretty sure middle left is chinese.

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    • Bakokitty says:

      Oh how terrible, prayers for the people of Mexio , may God’s angels lead the rescuers to those trapped and bring them to safety.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Mexico City is built on a hufe swamp and is sinking…there’s a whole series of Aztec temples and other structures buried under Mexico City, they just sank right in. Mexico City also sits on the lip of a huge and very active subduction zone, it’s hard to think of a worse location to build a modernish city full of high-rise buildings even if you enforced all of the building codes.

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      • Ziiggii says:

        Agreed Czar…. I linked a Cal Tech study that is a very interesting read when one has the time.

        Oh and Hello mate!

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      • owentt says:

        Mexico’s skyscrapers and high rises are all built to modern earthquake engineering codes and are the safest place to be in a quake. Still, high rises make up a very small fraction of the city which is mostly built of reinforced concrete.

        The least safe places are older lower buildings where parking has been retrofitted into the ground floor. If you want to understand why, look up “soft story collapse.” California is in danger of many thousands of deaths from the same cause if re-engineering isn’t done. Tokyo invested in its re-engineering and did fine in the gigantic quake of 2010.

        As for Mexico City, parts are sinking but the engineers have it under control, at considerable ongoing expense. Climate and trade routes made it one of the best places for a major commercial city for millennia and it’s still an excellent and beautiful and fairly safe site for a big city.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          I’m dure much of the new construction is planned yo ve up to a code but are their earthquake standards up to Tokyo or San Francisco standards? Are their ‘swamp’ standards up to Chicago’s?
          I’m sure that buildings being built for monied interests are overseen by managers to ensure standards are met but I remember the corner-cutting and baksheesh thst greased the wheels of Latin American contracting. Guess we’ll all have to wait to see how this shakes out.

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  9. rashamon says:

    On a very serious note, that plate has been shifting as long as I can remember — ancient dino that I am!! — and I can recall many a long chess or Scrabble game being disrupted by serious tremors. We should expect more really damaging quakes and be prepared to help as needed.

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  11. keeler says:

    Isn’t much of central Mexico City built over a lake? Or in other words, on fill that liquefies very easily during an earthquake? Very bad combination…

    The social media coverage also reminds me that there hasn’t been a “big” US earthquake since the penetration of cell phones and live streaming into everyday life.

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  12. Gil says:

    What I have never ubderstood with the advances in engineering, soil testing, etc, is WHY this city AFTER the 1985 earthquake that killed 1000s, continues to expand, since it is built on a friggin soft lakebed. People build where they can but there must be some common sense that necessitates sound building or limited building, even in economically depressed areas. Its a horrible terrifying event, says the Californian who has been through several big ones(we have quakes daily, btw, just most dont get noticed).
    What I want to know is what was this quakes depth? And the last one? Distance between the 2? Same fault or different?

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    • georgiafl says:

      Earthquakes are to Mexico City as floods are to Houston.

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    • keeler says:

      USGS is reporting depth was 51 km.

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    • Wee2low says:

      “What I have never ubderstood with the advances in engineering, soil testing, etc, is WHY this city AFTER the 1985 earthquake that killed 1000s, continues to expand, since it is built on a friggin soft lakebed”
      .
      Because Mexico…

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      The depth was 32miles…. and I haven’t seen any aftershocks, which is sort of weird.

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    • 7delta says:

      I agree with you that we should have solid building codes in high risk areas. Constitutionally, it’s a State responsibility, not a federal one. Federal agencies, like USGS, are valuable resources for States to gather important info to determine possibilities and probabilities though. I can’t think of anywhere on earth where natural disasters don’t occur, but you’re right that engineering and science has advanced to where we can do the best possible to combat disastrous life loss and damage. Unfortunately, we can’t stop them from occurring or predict the unpredictable scope and magnitude of any disaster. Nature’s been busy since the earth was formed, but we can do our best with what we know and keep learning.

      Just for interest about our skin in the game, I looked up these specific quakes. When the last big quakes of the New Madrid fault (where western Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky intersect) that happened in 1811-1812, because of the soil content, the ground literally liquefied in places and the shaking toppled cabins as far away as Cincinnati, St. Louis and many places in Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee. Geographical features that existed when Europeans settled the area and had been created by prehistoric quakes were significantly changed. During the initial big quakes and aftershocks, it’s estimated that strong shaking effected an area 2-3 times as large as the 1964 Alaska quake and were 10 times as large as the 1906 San Francisco quake. The uplift caused waves on the Mississippi to push upstream, giving the appearance of the river running backwards. Entire islands disappeared. The population in the hardest hit areas was sparse then, with only one death reported, but it’s not now.

      https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/events/1811-1812newmadrid/

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    • owentt says:

      The building codes were tightened after 1985 and the destruction you’re seeing is pre-1985 construction. Mexico City’s recent building boom is very earthquake resistant. But roughly 15 million people live in the pre-1985 buildings.

      It’s not difficult to build safely in Mexico using modern techniques. That’s why the city grows.

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  13. georgiafl says:

    Is California likely to follow suit?

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    • Gil says:

      Here so you understand plates. San andreas is our big link. A large earthquake relueves the pressure. Remember the couple in Chile a few minths ago?
      Now the 2 in Mexico? Its always possible, but it depends on the fault line and the activity of each. Still no reliable earthquake predictions, but we have quakes all the time. Every little one, even the 5.0, help relieve pressure. The big damage happens when it is shallow and or happens over big buildings on bad soil, like mexico.

      http://geo-mexico.com/?p=6277

      Keep this one in your bookmarks. You can see all our daily quake activity:
      http://scedc.caltech.edu/recent/index.html

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      • georgiafl says:

        Thanks! I’ll put the link on my links page with the weather/hurricane links.

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      • Bakokitty says:

        Grew up in the SFValley, as a kid I slept through all earthquakes until the Sylmar quake in 71′. We were in our first home in Canyon Country north of the SFV.
        That one was very intense, hit hard, shook hard, we were about 2miles from the epicenter. Wiki, says it lasted 12seconds…I can tell you this, that was the longest 12 seconds I ever experienced in my life. That first jolt hit so hard, I thought they (Russia) dropped a nuke on us. …I really didn’t realize what it was,in the first few seconds, then hubby says it’s an earthquake! We couldn’t get out of bed to get to our baby in her room until it stopped.
        Over the ensuing years, I got used to them. But I don’t want to go through another big one. But it will happen again, I’m sure.

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    • Trish in Southern Illinois says:

      A friend on FB said Calif had a small one last night and there was a 3.8 where i live, near the illinois/indiana/kentucky border, this morning.

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      • Roberta says:

        Trish,
        If you (or your friend[s]) have queries regarding seismic activity *to be expected* where they are, watch Dutchsinse’s nightly update. The quake you describe, you would have expected, had you been watching him. I believe your quake is located where fracking is being used. I am not advocating nightly watching, only sharing my observations of his work since Fukishima (where he undertook a road trip, having purchased appropriate tools, to do live testing of radiation and then shared it via his channels so people could act with on the ground information). Spot on…and when he misses, he explains how and why he erred.
        Blessings to all “Treepers,” the heart of the nation.

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  14. MfM says:

    After the Earthquake in 1985 weren’t building codes tightened? Given the number of phones with cameras it’s not surprising that some collapses were caught.

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    • Doug says:

      i would imagine some were.. especially for new highrises.. but its sad to say this but quake proofing a building isnt cheap so its likely that many poor people lived in subpar construction… combine that with soil conditions and its a recipe for disaster

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Short answer is, it’s Mexico.

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      • Paco Loco says:

        Mexican buildings are typically built with brick, rebar reenforced concrete and ceramic tiles and ceramic roofing. Almost zero stick built buildings. The high raises in Mexico City built since 1985 use modern earthquake hardening techniques. Mexico City is built on an ancient lakebed subject to liquefaction when a terramoto occurs. That’s the real problem…the unstable ground.

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        • owentt says:

          Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico’s first really big skyscraper, was built in the 1940s and has no trouble with big earthquakes. Modern highrises do just fine in earthquakes. It’s lower, older midrises that have been retrofitted for parking that suffer most.

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    • Codes may exist, but how many building inspectors enforce them? How many get bought off by builders?
      Corruption is a way of life in Mexico.

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      • owentt says:

        “Corruption is a way of life in Mexico.”

        Not in Mexico City’s earthquake codes it isn’t. The city government was entirely reformed because of the 1985 quake and cleaned up. Earthquake preparedness is one of several responsibilities that stays cleaned up.

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  15. MfM says:

    I was just reading the Wiki article about the 1985 earthquake. Two things stuck out at me. One they are suppose to have an early warning system of an alarm for earthquakes.

    The second was the sentence – “Every 19 September, in all public buildings at Mexico City and all the nation the civil protection authorities conduct evacuation drills to evaluate the evacuation response in the case of an earthquake.”

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    • ginaswo says:

      I heard earthquake sirens going off in one of the videos on this page. I pray they went off early enough

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    • keeler says:

      I believe MC conducted these drills earlier today. At least, that is what I’ve heard.

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    • wondering999 says:

      There is another type of “early warning system” to pay attention to: animal behavior. I don’t know if there were any of these warnings in Mexico City? Treepers, if you are in an earthquake zone, please pay attention to your pets if they try to warn you of risk.

      As a child, I had read about this animal warning phenomenon in San Francisco before their massive earthquake (1906?). I later observed this for myself, as an adult in a New York City apartment building, in 1985. A neighbor woman became angry at her dog who was refusing to come back into the building after being walked late at night (11pm?) The neighbor was tugging hard at the pooch and getting mad over the dog’s “misbehavior”. Hours later, around 5am, we had a strong earthquake. Fortunately it was not as strong as this one.

      https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/animal_eqs.php
      “The earliest reference we have to unusual animal behavior prior to a significant earthquake is from Greece in 373 BC. Rats, weasels, snakes, and centipedes reportedly left their homes and headed for safety several days before a destructive earthquake. Anecdotal evidence abounds of animals, fish, birds, reptiles, and insects exhibiting strange behavior anywhere from weeks to seconds before an earthquake. However, consistent and reliable behavior prior to seismic events, and a mechanism explaining how it could work, still eludes us. Most, but not all, scientists pursuing this mystery are in China or Japan.

      “We can easily explain the cause of unusual animal behavior seconds before humans feel an earthquake. Very few humans notice the smaller P wave that travels the fastest from the earthquake source and arrives before the larger S wave. But many animals with more keen senses are able to feel the P wave seconds before the S wave arrives. As for sensing an impending earthquake days or weeks before it occurs, that’s a different story…”

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      • wheatietoo says:

        Yep. My dog will jump up from a sound sleep and start acting like something is about to happen…every time there is an earthquake near us.

        The bigger the quake, the more agitated he acts.

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      • I well remember Taiwan during that huge tsunami……They had a lot of elephants there that would entertain the tourists.

        Suddenly all of the elephants broke loose from their handlers and stampeded to high ground. Then that massive wave of water hit.

        Folks, the next time you wonder if your pet is as smart as you, the answer is yes…..just in different ways.

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      • progpoker says:

        I can attest to that observation. I was in Southern CA for the Whittier Narrows quake. I was preparing my dogs food before I left for work. Normally, they were right under my feet during this process. I didn’t realize until after releasing the death grip I applied to a nearby door jamb that the dogs had disappeared under a table in the living room shortly before the quake hit. Amazing!

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      • Bakokitty says:

        Yes you are correct, during the earthquake in San Fernando Valley, north of L.A in 1971, our neighbor’s dog was barking like crazy right before the quake hit. He said he looked out the winow to see what his dog was barking at just as it hit, The dog was by the pool and the water sloshed out and knock the dog off his feet.

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      • sunnydaze says:

        In my experience, the ONLy thing that can reliably predict an earthquake is an animal.

        Not all of them can do it, but I always felt better living around the ones who could.

        Feel so bad for these people in Mexico. That was waaay too big of a shake up.

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  16. Earthquakes in divers places…

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    • deqwik2 says:

      “Earthquakes in divers places…”

      At the same time hurricanes are causing destruction & flooding.

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    • fuzzi says:

      Wars and rumours of wars…

      “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
      For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
      All these are the beginning of sorrows.
      Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
      And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
      And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
      And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. …” Matthew 24 excerpt

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  17. quintrillion says:

    I am waiting a call from son, he’s in the Sierra Madre mts in Michoacan at Lake Zirahuen last I spoke to him, he was leaving in next few days driving to Playa Troncones in Guerrero on the Pacific. Either place I’m sure the shock was felt. Here is a video of Lake Zirahuen (son, Taylor & his girlfriend Brianne & white dog Nina are in the video). I’ve never been to this place only been to Troncones 6x’s. Look forward to going there this winter, maybe.
    https://www.presentmomentretreat.com/retreats/mountain-yoga-meditation-center-in-zirahuen/

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  20. Ziiggii says:

    death toll has already increased to 70+

    expect there to be major loss of life as the missing begin to be accounted for (under rubble).

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  21. wheatietoo says:

    I had never been in an earthquake until they started happening here in Oklahoma.

    What struck me the most about them…is the sound.
    It’s like thunder.
    Thunder coming up from the ground.

    Those poor people.
    I can only imagine what a 7.1 would be like!
    We had a 5 pointer here, and even though we were 70 miles away, we heard it and felt it.

    A 7 pointer…how terrifying.

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Yes, they never warn you about the sound. Although here in the PNW, I haven’t always heard noise. One small quake about 25 years ago, I was sitting on the couch talking to a friend on the phone and there was this loud BANG and my condo shook. I told my friend I thought a truck had backed into the building, but then it began to shake.

      I remember another quake that sounded like a really loud train right outside my window. Earthquakes are always unnerving, even when they are little ones.

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    • Fe says:

      Exactly, I’ve been in three minor ones in northern Illinois, the last one was in the late 90s, I heard the rumbling before the building I was in shook. We thought one of the warehouse guys hit a support post with his forklift causing the shaking.

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  22. treehouseron says:

    Man they’re saying like 80 dead, there’s no way that number is even a fraction of the lives lost. Some of those large buildings they’re showing pictures of collapsed probably killed dozens or hundreds of people in each building.

    This is God Awful.

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  23. Bouchart says:

    Send them some Dreamers to aid in the reconstruction effort.

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  24. First Last says:

    Stand by for another major influx of illegal aliens. The US government ought to love the heII out of that.

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  25. Sandra-VA says:

    Death toll now at 94… so sad! I saw video of a narrow street of shops where facades/bricks had crashed down onto people killing them. Couple of primary schools have collapsed. This is devastating…

    There are still no aftershocks, which is odd. The earlier 8.1 that happened a few days ago is still producing aftershocks.

    https://earthquake.usgs.gov

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  26. Laura says:

    Did this happen during business hours? And were most of the buildings residents or businesses? I’m just wondering If many people were out and about at work/school, which could help keep the number of victims down. I pray it is so!

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    • Trish in Southern Illinois says:

      The news channel i was watching said that the time zone there was the same as central time here….i was watching trish reagan and she reported it at about 1:45pm central….so I’m guessing it happened not much before that.

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      • Laura says:

        Thanks for the info. I should have looked up the time myself. As for the buildings, well, what with walls falling from on high, being in the streets might not be any safer. Sigh! What a nightmare for these poor people.

        The U.S. isn’t the only ones hit by disasters recently–Mexico has also had its share of hurricanes this season . . . . and now this. And those poor islands in the Caribbean that have been (or will be shortly) hit by back to back major hurricanes.

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  27. georgiafl says:

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  28. SafeSpace says:

    Overtures for the likely events of September 23rd.

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  29. mazziflol says:

    I was in Bay Area for the 7.1 in 89. Brings back memories not so good.

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  30. georgiafl says:

    Drone Video:

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  31. vfm#7634 says:

    Look on the bright side: whereas the 1985 quake killed thousands of people (they don’t even have an exact number), the toll here may still be 100 times less. We’ll see.

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  32. quintrillion says:

    So glad the wolverine trade talks are over & they are blessed to be out of there before this..earthquake.

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  34. Joe says:

    As is their terrifying nature, out of nowhere the earth shakes violently – a gigantic cracking noise accompanied by a jolt that is hard to forget – the walls and ceiling (you immediately look up, don’t ask me why) thrust in opposite ways made worse by the ground jerking beneath you. Your mind races at millisecond speed but the thoughts are dominated by sensory overload as you try to make sense. “Earthquake of course!” Screams a voice in your head. “My wife!” Says the voice. Are you ok!!? You yell as you hustler her out. Although it has been maybe 8 seconds ago that you were sleeping in bed, clarity kicks in you know this because some ethereal, roaring noise suddenly fills your ears melding with violent noises from broken glass, crashing furniture and still the walls and ceiling are twisting and turning, dashing for the door – you just want out. Period. Takes about 15 to 20 seconds total, if your bedroom is on the ground floor. Get outside and that roaring noise is constant as the trees and house whipsaw back and forth. Stand in total awe of its power then the roaring recedes along with the trees settling down and the next thought? TURN OFF THE GAS!

    Now imagine being on the tenth floor? Stay in one story hotels while visiting California.

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    • Paco Loco says:

      In 1987 I was staying at the Town and Country Hotel/convention center in San Diego. At about 8 am I was looking out of the window of my room at the large lawn and swimming pool from my seventh floor room when all of sudden the water began flooding out of the pool and the building began to sway back and forth. When I realized that it was an earthquake, there wasn’t much I could do. Terrifying feeling of helplessness. It was a 5.0.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      RE: looking up

      Sometimes there is the sound of something ‘banging’ on the roof, during an earthquake.

      We live in a one-story house, and a couple of times during quakes, we’ve heard that banging/rumbling sound coming from our roof.

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      • Joe says:

        Yes, makes sense.

        But I am struck by the irony of looking up while it is the ground causing the motion.

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        • wheatietoo says:

          Yeah, I know what you mean.

          The way the quake waves roll out from the epicenter…it’s like the motion of ‘cracking a whip’.

          The banging noise we hear from our roof, rolls from one side of the house to the other.
          It’s both amazing…and frightening.

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        • free73735 says:

          Looking up during earthquake(especially if in a building)…you’re watching to see if the ceiling is coming down, so you can find a place to duck under! Have been through several in Wa State, in different buildings at the time. Depth matters a lot!

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          • Joe says:

            Your right.

            But it doesn’t help.

            I swear the walls and ceiling were BENDING! Like S curves. Weird, huh?

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            • dutzie60 says:

              My first experience of EQ was the 1989 Loma Preita. I had just moved to CA in August and was at work in the bathroom at the end of the day. It was freaky. I walked from the stall to sink, put my hands out to turn water on and before I could complete the motion, the sink started to move sideways. I knew immediately it was an EQ. I looked up 😀 And to the corner of the completely tiled room and the corner of the room was pulsating in to me. I moved to the doorway and could see outside. The big oak tree looked like a giant hand was holding the trunk and shaking it making the leaves shake like a cheerleaders pompom. The strange thing was it felt like time was going in slow motion and I was aware of everything that was happening around me. Weirdest thing I’ve ever been through.

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    • Lucille says:

      Earthquakes always seem of long duration when they are happening, even though they may be less than 15 seconds.

      The 1971 Sylmar, CA earthquake was a 6.5. From a purely non-scientific standpoint, it seemed to hit from the ground up–like a hand slapping the bottom of the building up into the air. So when those plates moved, my perception was that the apartment bounced up and down. No damage to either my place or the entire L-shaped, 3-story 200 unit complex. One small figurine broke in my living room. That’s it.

      It was scary in a way but mostly we were laughing and yelling “what a ride!” Lots of damage was done in the city, however, especially the San Fernando Valley where Sylmar is located.

      The 1994 Northridge quake was different. I swear it lasted a minute. Didn’t really. It seemed to hit horizontally and my wood frame house felt like it was jerking back and forth. I thought it was going to collapse. It was early morning and still dark outside. The electricity went off immediately. Standing against the bedroom doorjamb I could hear things crashing, glass breaking. And the earthquake was only a 6.7. There were many, many aftershocks but still the structure held. Incredible! My body seemed to tremble for months afterward such was the body shock.

      Much damage to the city this time also. My office was a shambles even though we were in a modern building built to the new codes.

      I cannot even conceive what a larger earthquake would be like. My heart goes out to those terrified citizens of Mexico City. God have mercy!

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      • Joe says:

        FYI: I was describing the “Northridge Earthquake.”

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      • Lucille says:

        Had to look the following up…64 people died in Sylmar. 57 people died in Northridge.

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        • Grandma Covfefe says:

          Such memories. Northridge and Symar were nerve-whacking.

          Then we had two other quakes, one quake’s epicenter was less a mile from our house. We felt aftershocks every 30 seconds to 2 minutes 24/7 for 2 weeks. It rattled us and we got zero sleep. I’ve lived in SoCal all my life thru many earthquakes and never had eipcenter that close and now understand about the hundreds of aftershocks people described, no matter how large or small they were. We even felt 1.5—which they said is not possible. I wrote the times down when it happened and checked quake map within that hour— that how I knew. Then aftershocks spreaded out timewise, and we were able to get an hour sleep here and there, for another 6 weeks. Then it faded away maybe once every few days then lessened and fade away within a year.

          But what is strange was 20 minutes before the quake hit us, we were in the den watching TV and I felt a thud under my foot, I looked over at hubbie and he was looking at me, like that suspicious cat’s look– 20 mins later, quake hit. We got up and looked from the den thru the dining room to the kitchen. Our feet didn’t move, and yet we in the den went to the left, the kitchen went to the right, the counter disappered from our view–our house actually twisted, then we reversed and twisted again. It was too mesmerizing staring at that-it was a rolling jerk, low rumble, lots of bangs and pops and twists. Usually we take off to our safe place, but I was frozen in place for 1st time. No damages but had cracks outside around the house at the base-we were shocked and thankful. Lots of things fell off, some broke, no furniture toppled. Hubbie did go out and turned off the gas and electricity as soon as it stopped. I will never forget that quake. I still get that heavy pounding of my heart, when I think I felt a jolt.

          So sorry this was long–be prepared and be safe, Treepers

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        • Grandma Covfefe says:

          My roomate at college had eye surgery that day in Symar! She barely escaped from the hospital when it hit. Her recovery was botched and they had to redo the surgery a month later at another hospital. I was alone in a old 2 storied house which swayed–scary.

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    • Bakokitty says:

      I have never forgotten the noise of the 1971 quake in SoCal, unbelievably loud.
      And you are sonright about the mind racing at millisecond peed. That 12sec quake felt like a minute, we really thought it lasted a minute.

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  35. Daniel says:

    Pardon my “whatever” but given all the other problems associated with Mexico and Mexicans, I have to wonder what US involvement will look like.

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  36. Just Scott says:

    I have to wonder if the hurricane exactly on the opposite side of that plate had any contribution to triggering the quake.

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  37. Just Scott says:

    Near Puerto Rico, there were four 3+ quakes. One before and three just after Mexico City. Also, when Maria was just to the east of the plate that extends across to Mexico City. Brings to mind the videos from when “the ocean went away” in Bahamas and Florida. Moving that much water must be a tremendous amount of weight.

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  38. New to commenting, not new to Treehouse. Dutchsinse is unparalleled in earthquake forecasting. Tragically, too few know of his work. Mexico was warned days ago and as late as 10 pm Monday night. Those people here who have Twitter accounts, please let POTUS, FEMA, et al know of this man’s work:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v9OlgY6rN0 (specific to today)
    http://www.dutchsinse.com
    https://www.facebook.com/dutchsinseofficial/

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  39. bluesky says:

    To anyone that thinks earthquakes hit randomly & without forewarning, then I highly recommend watching & learn from DutchSinse on YouTube or Facebook. He issues weekly forecasts that are amazing accurate. he uses Earthquake 3D to show what and how he is tracking and forecasting.

    After last week’s 8.1 earthquake in southern Mexico (32′ movement) he forecasted a pressure transfer to the north about 1 degree less within a couple of weeks. Sure enough, he nailed it. Today’s 7.1 was near the volcano, so there is an alert for an eruption and the Caribbean should watch out for an earthquake.

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  40. Minnie says:

    Prayers for all those affected by this earthquake.

    Mr. President is a caring and generous man.

    I am conflicted concerning Mexico.

    Its citizens are clamoring to get into our Country illegally yet expect us to believe their country is worth saving.

    Yep, conflicted.

    This may be the wrong thread to voice that opinion, it is what it is.

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    • trumpfan1 says:

      not blessing or cursing them. but the illegal need to go

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    • duchess01 says:

      Jesus told us to pray for our enemies – difficult to do considering how much they have hurt us – but, we do it anyway because He asked – God Bless You, Minnie, for being honest!

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      • Minnie says:

        Yes, Duchess, pray I will, it’s what is right.

        Especially in our community of faith here in our Treehouse – where 2 or more are gathered in His name 🙏❤️🙏

        I’m not proud of my attitude, feeling snarky today. My warm and fuzzies are out for dry cleaning.

        🙏❤️🙏

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        • Lucille says:

          This is a beautiful way to start your prayers….

          The Nicene Creed – Prayerscapes

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        • duchess01 says:

          Well…if your warm and fuzzies are out for dry cleaning – you can always get them back – as for feeling snarky – we all feel snarky at one time or another – it makes us human – and funny, too –

          God knows the heart – and whatever we don’t feel comfortable doing – He can fix – take forgiveness for example – when someone has hurt us so bad – it is painful – so we find it hard to forgive – but, if we go to God – and be honest – as you did – He will help us get to the forgiveness threshold –

          He knows we are human – after all – He made us – so He knows we cannot do everything snap quick – He is patient – and gives us time to get our warm and fuzzies back from the cleaners –

          God Bless You for being you – God loves you just the way you are – and so do we!

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    • Kaco says:

      Mexico is a vast country, lots of corruption, but lots of people going on in their daily lives. You can see in some of these videos people who are just living their lives in their homes being caught up in the quake. There is wealth in Mexico but it is concentrated. Perhaps it’s worse in some areas and we know of the drug cartels as well. I don’t think Mexico really is sending their best. Plus, these people know they are cheating and stealing from others so there has to be some moral deficiency to begin with. But there are regular average “Joses” living in Mexico as well.

      I pray for the families who have lost loved ones in this quake. I also hope Mexico gets their act together for their citizens, like Pres. Trump says, they haven’t been the greatest neighbor. They need to fix themselves like we have to fix ourselves and we have a lot on our plate.

      I didn’t know that Mexico City was built on a dry lake bed! I think I’ve heard it was sinking, though. Lots of info on this thread.

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    • Minnie, I’ll admit I’m conflicted as well.

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  41. georgiafl says:

    This comes to mind….

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  42. MfM says:

    “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

    I bet by morning we will know how the left will try and use this.

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  43. I really feel sorry for these poor, Mexican people. These are the ones who stayed in their 3rd world country and try to carve out a decent life. Mexicans living in the USA need to go back and Make Mexico Great. These poor suffering souls need their help. What a tragic event. I hope that the people down there recover quickly.

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    • Minnie says:

      Exactly, the DACA and Dreamers have an excellent opportunity to show their loyalty and compassion to their compadres by returning home to rebuild.

      Do it!!!!

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      • listingstarboard says:

        I agree Living with–the ones that sneak over the border with the intent to get benefits courtesy of the US taxpayer are the lazy, with no sense of loyalty to their own country–why in the world would we expect them to be loyal to the US? Instead of working hard and contributing to their own country they want the easy way out. No respect at all for any of them, there is economic and educational opportunity in their native Mexico.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      President Trump at the UN today:

      “For decades, the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere. We have learned that, over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries.

      For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms.”

      All Mexs (illegals, DACA, Dreamers etc.) must to go back home and help to rebuild their country and get involved in reforming their Mex Politics. Our founding fathers fought back, so the Mexs needs to fight back. Why is it we have to fight everybody’s war? We are getting awfully tired of it. What President Trump is doing in the ME, I can understand. He is just finishing up without rules of engagement and then cleaning up the mess the previous president(s) made.

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    • Looking at some of the street scenes, this could be part of the US. There are some people with t-shirt and jeans, and others in 3-piece suits. Lots of nice cars. Almost everyone has a cell phone. One big difference is in the construction of the buildings. The newer ones look pretty good. Some of the older buildings look like they could fall down tomorrow, even without an earthquake.

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  44. I read upthread about Animals “sensing” something about to happen, (In Nature, not just Eathquakes).. That animals will start acting funny, or “acting out/Hiding etc”
    Keep in Mind, DAYS before Hurricane Sandy came ripping up the Coast, schools of Fish “suddenly” started moving South, and the King Mackerel Bite was nothing short of EPIC..

    Again think DAYS before a Major snowstorm or ANY major storm, you’ll notice Birds Squirrels etc feeding “heavily”..
    NOW here on the SE Coast, the Fishing is getting quite good, to HOT as Jose & Maria comes close to Our shores here on the SENC Coast.. this past few days..

    If ya’ll noticed the NEWS this Morning..
    Cali on Sept 16th AND today had 2 “minor” quakes… A 2.6 on the 16th AND today a 3.6around the LA area(s).. Which the other Day, before these had a FIERCE Lighting storm off the coast, something like 5000 Lighting strikes in a hour or 2..
    Magnitude 3.6 earthquake near Westwood jolts parts of L.A.
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-westwood-earthquake-20170918-story.html

    About that lighting storm.. No rain just Lighting… Off the coast Sept. 9th/10th?
    http://ktla.com/2017/09/10/videos-capture-lightning-storm-in-los-angeles-amid-weather-warnings-for-hail-localized-flooding/
    Again, Back to the Animals…..
    You folks, out there in Commiefornia…
    PAY ATTENTION to your animals & wildlife…..
    They start acting strange, you KNOW whats about to happen..
    Cali up through Washington state is WAAAY over due for a HUGE Quake…
    I seen some Documentaries on it, as it produces a quake roughly every (average) 243 years?
    9.0 or above?
    **In 2009, some geologists predicted a 10% to 14% probability that the Cascadia Subduction Zone will produce an event of magnitude 9.0 or higher in the next 50 years.[20] In 2010, studies suggested that the risk could be as high as 37% for earthquakes of magnitude 8.0 or higher**

    I’m NOT talking about the San Andreas Fault either.. The Cascadia subduction zone IS OVERDUE.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascadia_subduction_zone
    Video @ link..
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4356513070001/?#sp=show-clips
    NOT saying IT will happen, but WHEN.. Some of the “recent” quakes could be “related” Foreshocks to the *BIGONE*…

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  45. adoubledot says:

    I was in the 7.3 magnitude quake in Lima on 8/15/2007, 6:45 PM. It began with the floor quivering, and you immediately knew what was going on. My daughter, my mother-in-law and I were on the 2nd floor, got under the main support beam in the hallway, while my wife, son and father-in-law were downstairs and ran outside. Seemed like it lasted 5 minutes. The vibration was intense and loud and felt like we were standing in a box car of a moving train – very scary.

    They build well for earthquakes in the city; houses are all reinforced concrete and attached so no significant damage, but over 500 were killed in Pisco, about 3 hours south of us. We were there for another 4 days and felt lots of aftershocks. So I got an idea of what they went through today, but because of the ground underneath, it looks a lot worse.

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  46. Compilation of several videos….

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  47. Nchadwick says:

    I was looking up the Hurricane/Earthquake theory and came across this —

    WARNING, WARNING — Conspiracy Theory –

    Conspiracy theory blames mysterious US government project HAARP for the torrent of dangerous weather sweeping the globe
    They claim that a decades-old project aiming to ‘weaponize weather’ is causing havoc, as well as weather manipulation tactic cloud seeding

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/4439359/bizarre-conspiracy-theory-blames-mysterious-us-government-project-haarp-for-the-torrent-of-dangerous-weather-sweeping-the-globe/

    Thought I would stir the pot…

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  48. HammerDog says:

    Send all the illegal Mexicans back to help re-build their country. Those drywall and roofing skills will come in handy.

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