Central Mexico was struck by a magnitude-7.1 earthquake on Tuesday, less than two weeks after an earthquake of an 8.1 magnitude hit the country. While it hit around 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, the earthquake knocked down at least 44 buildings there.
The earthquakes are not related to the major hurricanes that have hit the Gulf Coast and Florida or to Hurricane Maria, which is headed for Puerto Rico.
Tuesday’s earthquake struck on the anniversary of a major earthquake that killed more than 9,500 people. The magnitude-8.0 Michoacan earthquake hit Mexico City 32 years ago.
How many people have died?
At least 217 people died during Tuesday’s earthquake, and emergency responders and volunteers were still hunting for those missing on Wednesday. A school in Mexico City was partially crushed during the quake, and at least 25 bodies were pulled from the rubble. All but four of them were children.
Glenn, who recently visited Mexico City, called it “one of the greatest cities … in the Western hemisphere.” Despite the tragedy, he was inspired by the people who dug through the rubble to rescue the missing. “Neighbor helping neighbor, a community coming together,” he said.