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2017 Mexico City Earthquake, Eight Days After in Photos

I never experienced an earthquake until living in Mexico. We have felt several earthquakes in Michoacan, Mexico, the most recent being March 3rd. Thankfully there was no damage. Unfortunately, the 2017 Mexico City earthquake not only caused damage to many buildings but 228 people in the city were killed and many more were injured.

2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos

We had a medical trip scheduled a week after the Mexico City earthquake and I was a little nervous about it. The first room I booked on Airbnb in Mexico City had to cancel because there was damage to the building. The second room we booked had been cleared as safe by the city inspectors. While we were there we experienced a temporary loss of electricity because the lines were being repaired due to earthquake damage.

During this trip, I had an opportunity to walk through the neighborhoods of Condesa and Roma, eight days after the 2017 Mexico City earthquake. These were two of the hardest hit areas. Some of the destruction I saw was incomprehensible. This was nothing I had seen before. I know from history, the news, and science it can be much worse. It has been much worse. But for me, this was all new.

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2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos
One elderly woman died in this building. We talked with a man who lived here but was not at home at the time of the quake. One floor was completely flattened.
2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos
In this building, there was much loss of life. Dozens of men and women were working to recover bodies and possible survivors, although after eight days there wasn’t much hope. I don’t know the final outcome.
2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos
You can clearly see how the building collapsed and the floors sandwiched into a heap of concrete, dust, and rubble.

2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos

2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos
There were many reporters even a week after, waiting to see signs of life or death, I suppose.

2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos

2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos
Tents were set up to accept donations for victims that lost everything but their lives. The tents were divided into sections and organized.
The military was called in to help with the disaster.
2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos
Workers and volunteers were given meals and coffee and a place to rest.

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2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos
In many places where there was loss of life small memorials were set up, like the flowers you see below.

2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos

There was much debris to be cleaned up and hauled off.

 

2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos

2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos
This Great Dane was a sort of therapy dog for the workers and volunteers. His sign says “Hug Me”.

2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos

2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos

2017 Mexico City Earthquake - Eight Days After in Photos
Despite the loss of life and property, there was human kindness, hard work, smiles, and beauty. Like this flower here, a rainbow after the storm. Signing off, Tina

Originally published April 29, 2019

We had a medical trip scheduled a week after the Mexico City earthquake. Some of the destruction I saw was incomprehensible. For me, this was all new.

2 thoughts on “2017 Mexico City Earthquake, Eight Days After in Photos

  1. Amanda Baker says:

    Wow! Brought tears to my eyes imagining what those people went through :( very moving photos. Beautiful work as always. Enjoy a coffee or Danish or what ever and imagine me there with you :) miss you a bunch!

    Love, Amanda

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