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Follow live updates as armed forces spark anger by razing collapsed buildings less than 72 hours after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least 250 people
The story captivated a country still reeling from catastrophe: rescue workers were labouring round the clock to free a 12-year-old girl who had miraculously survived , but remained trapped in the ruins of her school. Television channels broadcast breathless updates describing how the rescuers were inching closer to the cavity where Frida Sofía was buried alive.
A total of 273 people have now been confirmed dead, including 137 in Mexico City, according to Mexico’s office of the presidency. The fatalities include 73 deaths in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla, 13 in the State of Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. President Enrique Peña Nieto said search-and-rescue missions are continuing in collapsed buildings.
Que no haya duda: las labores de búsqueda y rescate de personas en inmuebles colapsados siguen y seguirán adelante en la CDMX.
The Mexican football players Javier Hernandez and Miguel Layun have to raise money for the victims of the earthquake. The pair, who both play for the Mexico national team, have raised more than $175,000 through the You Caring website since the earthquake struck.
There is no missing child at the collapsed Enrique Rébsamen school in Mexico City, the Mexican navy said on Thursday afternoon, although they believe an adult is still alive in the rubble. Mexican television networks had reported on Wednesday that a 12-year-old girl called Frida Sofia was trapped in the rubble of the collapsed school, but there was no one by the name of Frida Sofia at the school. Mexico’s navy says there are no missing children at a collapsed Mexico City school where rescuers have been hunting for a girl they believed to be trapped. Assistant Navy Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento says there is evidence of a person who may still alive, but he says it’s probably a school worker.
The Guardian’s Nina Lakhani and David Agren have filed from Mexico City. At least 250 people have died and 1,900 have been injured, they write. The damage is widespread. Details of the destruction outside the capital are only now starting to emerge, with reports of entire towns flattened and thousands of people left homeless.
There is growing anger at alleged attempts by the armed forces, which have taken over many of the rescue operations initially led by volunteers, to begin razing collapsed buildings less than 72 hours after the earthquake. In the trendy neighbourhood La Roma, the navy reportedly shut down a rescue operation in an office block on Thursday morning in order to start bulldozing the unstable structure from which 24 survivors have so far been pulled free from the debris.
some of the people who, as babies, survived the collapse of the Juarez Hospital during the 1985 earthquake. The children became known as the “miracle babies” in the aftermath of the earthquake. Some of them spent days in the rubble before they were found. Some lost their mothers, others suffered terrible injuries. Jesus Francisco was born four days before the quake, but he and his mother had remained in the General Hospital so she could undergo a hysterectomy. She had four children and didn’t want more. They were in a room on the sixth floor, and she had just gone downstairs for something when the earth shook. She died, and for five days her child, one arm and ribs crushed and with a severe head injury, lay jammed into a dirty, rat-infested space hardly bigger than a shoebox.
ABC News’ John Quinones covered the 1985 Mexico earthquake which left thousands of people dead. he “felt a familiar pain in the pit of [his] stomach” when he heard about Tuesday’s earthquake. In an article for ABC, Quinones remembers the impact of the earthquake that occurred 32 years ago. As the days went by, the chances of finding more victims alive grew slimmer and slimmer. And then came the miracles.
The Guardian’s graphics team has produced this image showing death tolls around Mexico.
The name “Frida Sofía” trended on Twitter on Wednesday as the country was captivated by what the media and authorities said was the imminent rescue of a girl trapped in the rubble of a collapsed school. But Frida Sofía was not the name of the girl rescuers were trying to pull from the rubble of the Enrique Rébsamen school. All students with that name at the school were accounted for, Mexican broadcaster Televisa – which focused heavily on the school site – reported Thursday morning. The girl’s parents also had not been located, according to public education secretary Aurelio Nuño.
on the tragic story of 11 people who were killed when a church collapsed in Atzala, about 100 miles south of Mexico City. They were gathered at the Santiago the Apostle Catholic Church to attend the baptism of three-month-old Elideth Torres de Leon, according to the LA Times. Torres de Leon was among those who died. The coffins of the 11 people killed in the church collapse were lined up together on Wednesday as stunned friends, relatives and townsfolk said goodbye — the baptism had instead become a funeral Mass. “I am in profound pain. I am shattered,” said Graciano Villanueva Perez, 73, who lost six relatives — his wife, sister, daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren, all of whom were attending the baptism. “I don’t know what to say,” he added, drifting away to the comfort of kin, his head bowed. He had been at home resting when the quake hit.
Some of the video footage from Mexico has shown rescuers sporadically raising their fists in the air as they search for survivors. The BBC explains why .
Why are people in the rescue effort after Mexico's earthquake raising their fists?
For those wondering where they can donate to people in Mexico, the New York Times has of organizations helping with the earthquake response. Topos Mexico is a non-profit, volunteer rescue team that has been prominently involved in the response. The organization posted information on how to donate on its Twitter feed.
Gracias por ayudar a nuestra labor: Santander 92000709294 CLABE 014180920007092942 Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org topos.mx has been accepting and has set up an for necessary items. , a humanitarian aid organization, has staff members in Mexico City and has pledged that 100 percent of its donations will go directly to relief efforts, which it says will include facilitating the delivery of medical supplies to affected areas.
Mexico awoke Thursday to news that rescuers at a collapsed elementary school were still trying to wedge their way into the rubble and free trapped students.
Mexico’s government has published a list of 45 shelters set up for people left homeless by the earthquake.
Lista de albergues para las personas damnificadas en la Ciudad de México por el sismo del 19 de septiembre.
CNN has a striking before and after graphic of a block in Mexico City.
These before-and-after photos show Mexico City prior to the quake, and the damage left behind
Spain has despatched a military team to Mexico to help with the rescue and recovery operation, foreign minister Alfonso Dastis has announced.
Estamos con . España envía a la Unidad Militar de Emergencia para ayudar en las labores de rescate
. sends elite disaster team in response to to help with humanitarian relief. Team includes members.
The death toll from the earthquake is reported to have risen to 250 people as another body was recovered from the Enrique Rebsamen school.
Se eleva a 250 la cifra de personas muertas por el sismo de 7.1 grados. En la CDMX van 105 Rescue workers have recovered the body of a woman from the ruins of the school in southern Mexico City where a child has been detected alive. The Mexican Navy issued a statement early Thursday saying the 58-year-old woman had worked at the Enrique Rebsamen school.
An earthquake survivor forced to sleep in a makeshift shelter in a sports hall in Mexico City said the authorities ignored reports of cracks in her building, AFP reports in this video.
A gym in Mexico City has been converted into a temporary shelter for people who cannot enter their homes after a devastating earthquake
Mexico’s second earthquake in 11 days has surprised seismologists, according Steve Hicks from the University of Southampton., he says: If the 8.1 tremor raised eyebrows, then Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake left everyone stunned. The earthquake’s epicentre was unusually located, in central Mexico. Its depth was puzzling: only 50km down, but the faulting mechanism implied rupture inside a plate. The reasonably shallow depth suggested that this particular part of the Pacific Ring of Fire does not behave as we expect. Based on , the slab begins to behave as normal at shallow depths, but then it suddenly flattens for a distance of around 200 km, before again plunging into the deep Earth. This final kink in the Cocos plate is located right where the happened, and directly beneath the Valley of Mexico, in which Mexico City is located. This warping of the Cocos plate caused a large earthquake to occur close to Mexico city at a relatively shallow depth. The combination of the earthquake’s location, radiated seismic energy, and the very foundations of Mexico City – thick, loose soils that behave like a bowl of jelly during earthquakes – created the conditions for devastation.
Teachers at the Enrique Rebsamen school have told local TV that all pupils with the name Frida Sofía are accounted for, points out David Agren, the Guardian’s correspondent in Mexico City.
"Frida Sofía" trended as the name of a girl trapped in the Rébsamen school. Teachers say all girls there with that name are accounted for
Mexico’s education secretary Aurelio Nuno confirmed that Frida Sofía was alive, but said her relatives could not be contacted. He .
AFP has more on the agonising search for children in the rubble of Enrique Rebsamen school. Rescue workers were desperately trying to reach several children believed to be alive beneath the wreckage in the early hours of Thursday - more than 40 hours after the quake struck. Using a thermal scanner, they had located signs of life in several locations. “We know that there is a child alive inside (the destroyed school), what we do not know is how to reach her... without risking a collapse and putting rescuers in danger,” rescue coordinator Jose Luis Vergara told Televisa about a young girl whose fate is being closely followed by the country.
An official in Mexico City told the BBC that rescuers searching the rubble of Enrique Rebsamen school were able to hear three different people including Frida Sofia (It gave her age as 13, but most news outlets say she is aged 12)
A senior official told the BBC a 13-year-old girl has spoken to them through the rubble of a collapsed primary school in Mexico City.
This is Matthew Weaver resuming our live coverage of the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico, as rescuers continue to search for survivors. Here’s what we know so far.