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Latest Mexico City Earthquake Occurs Exactly 32 Years after 1985 Disaster

LADB Article ID: 80418
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-09-27
By: Carlos Navarro

Exactly 32 years after a devastating earthquake shook central Mexico on Sept. 19, 1985, Mexico City was rocked by another seismic disaster that paralyzed activity in the capital for days. The first earthquake measured 8.1 on the Richter scale; the most recent, which took place last Sept. 19, measured 7.1According to the daily newspaper El Universal, citing data from the civil registry in the capital (Registro Civil), 3,692 people died in 1985. This is only an estimate, because several deaths were not reported officially. “The exact total will never be known, because a death certificate was not issued for many victims,” the newspaper said. For the most recent earthquake, the number of deaths in Mexico City and surrounding communities, including the city of Puebla, stood at 337 people as of Sept. 27. Enrique Quintana, editor of the business newspaper El Financiero, noted that attention is justifiably focused on the recent losses of life and property. “The human cost of the Sept. 19 earthquake has left a deep impression and a sense of solidarity that we had not seen in the Mexican capital for the last three decades.” Quintana, however, pointed out that the impact of the quake will probably be much smaller than the one that leveled a good part of the Mexican capital in 1985. According to Quintana, the number of buildings that actually collapsed in the most recent earthquake was close to 40, although many others suffered structural damage that could ultimately force authorities to demolish them. In 1985, 2,850 buildings collapsed as a direct result of the earthquake.

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