Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico City; death toll mounts to over 200
admin • September 20, 2017 • 4256
A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, toppling buildings, rattling the capital and sending people flooding into the streets.
Over a hundred people had been reported killed across the country, including scores in the state of Morelos, close to the epicenter of the quake, and dozens in the capital, Mexico City.
But the figure is expected to climb, especially because rescuers are still frantically digging out people trapped beneath mounds of rubble.
“We are facing an emergency in Mexico City, in the states of Puebla and Morelos we are here in Mexico City to help those people affected. There are medical centers available and public hospitals are opening up their services to everyone we may still find people under the rubble. Stay in touch, follow lines of communication, we will keep people updated,” said Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Residents in Mexico City, having just experienced shaking from a recent 8.1 magnitude quake say the tremors on Tuesday were far worse.
“The ground started moving, it was very strong, the windows started to break, people started to leave their homes, this building in front collapsed,” said Oswaldo Casillas, a local resident.
“I was in the building and everything started to shake,” said resident Roberto Aguilar.
“It was a dark day for Mexico City, there was a lot of disasters, we never thought that such a disaster would happen in this city. We regret this tragedy, we suffered,” said emergency rescuer Mario Norberto.
The epicenter of Tuesday’s earthquake and the larger one on Sept. 7 were more than 400 miles apart, but they both occurred in a region where one of the earth’s crustal plates, the Cocos, is sliding beneath another, the North America. — Reuters
Armed robbers broke into a Mexican government coin manufacturer on Tuesday (August 06) and filled a backpack with more than $2 million worth of gold coins from a vault that had been left open, security officials said.
The daylight robbery was the latest high-profile crime to hit Mexico City, where crime has increased during record lawlessness plaguing the country.
Two people, one wielding a firearm, broke into a “Casa de Moneda” branch in the morning after throwing a security guard to the ground and taking his gun, Mexico City police said.
One of the robbers then went to the vault, which was open, and filled a backpack with 1,567 gold coins, police said.
The coins, known as “centenarios,” have a face value of 50 pesos, but trade for 31,500 pesos ($1,610) apiece, according to Mexican bank Banorte. That makes the total value of the haul at least $2.5 million.
The coin was first minted in 1921 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain, according to the central bank.
Production was suspended in 1931, but the coin was re-minted beginning in 1943 due to demand for gold coins.
One side bears Mexico’s coat of arms, with an eagle perched atop a cactus, and the other features the capital’s iconic Angel of Independence monument backed by the majestic Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl volcanoes.
The coins, 37 mm (1.46 inches) in diameter, have a gold fineness of 0.900, or 90% purity.
Mexico is suffering from record murder levels that have made the capital, long regarded as a relatively safe haven, increasingly prone to violent crime. (REUTERS)
“It is important that a national epidemic be dared in these areas to identify where a localized response is needed and to enable the local government units to use their Quick Response Fund to address the epidemic situation,” Duque said during a press briefing on Tuesday (Aug 6).
Duque also said the health department along with other government agencies and local government unit will launch “the ‘Sabayang 4 o’clock habit’ para dengue out, focusing on search and destroy in mosquito breeding sites.”
The DOH also reiterated the importance of immediate consultation if an individual experiences dengue symptoms.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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