September 19. 1985, 2017
September 20, 2017 7:04 PM   Subscribe

32 years to the day after the infamous and memorable September 19, 1985 earthquake, and two weeks behind a recent one in Oaxaca called the "strongest in 100 years" , Mexico suffers a deadly earthquake that has severely affected Mexico City, plus towns in the states of Puebla, Morelos and Estado de Mexico.

Many buildings collapsed around the city, with news stories focusing on a school with children and teachers trapped inside.
Not surprisingly, many reports have also focused on the incredible amount of first responders helping at all rescue sites, with professional rescue personnel helping side by side with local residents.
posted by CrazyLemonade (12 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
firsthand accounts from my peeps in df and morelos: shit is bad, and going to get worse.

Topos Tlaltelolco is an internationally recognized disaster response team. it is a non-profit with a professionally trained field staff.

it is possible to donate.

paypal for Topos:
posted by j_curiouser at 8:14 PM on September 20, 2017 [12 favorites]

My thoughts are with the people. We hear about these disasters, and a week later it's old news to us. This is horrible going into the fall, and I'm sure many people will have a rough winter.
posted by BlueHorse at 8:25 PM on September 20, 2017 [2 favorites]

It's also possible to send donations directly to the Mexican Red Cross through Amazon Mexico. Just go to the main website at

More about the kids trapped under the rubble at their school from the New York Times. Trigger warning for dead children in general.

The Guardian has constant updates on still crumbling buildings and the rain comming down tonight on Mexico City, drowning further efforts.

Me and my close family are all ok (my hand hurts a little from a fall) and the quake caught me driving on the main highway (very scary) and I'm still a little shaken. There's lots of tragedy on TV and on Twitter and Facebook.
posted by omegar at 8:33 PM on September 20, 2017 [15 favorites]

best to you, omegar. be safe.
posted by j_curiouser at 9:22 PM on September 20, 2017 [2 favorites]

Thinking of all of you in Mexico City. The footage is horrifying and awful.
posted by rednikki at 10:36 PM on September 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

Scary. Take care CrazyLemonade, omegar, and everyone else there.
posted by Gotanda at 2:57 AM on September 21, 2017 [2 favorites]

As someone who lived in Mexico once upon a time this is heart-breaking! Many people I know locally are trying to help relatives who live in Mexico.
Los Topos are heros! Please help them if you can!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 3:26 AM on September 21, 2017 [1 favorite]

I'm not in Mexico City but pretty much everyone in the country has friends or family there, so this is "personal" for everyone. Might be why my Facebook and Twitter timelines are full with people asking for donations to take to the affected places.
posted by CrazyLemonade at 5:14 AM on September 21, 2017 [2 favorites]

A bright note this morning is the story of Frida the rescue dog who helped save 52 people from a collapsed building yesterday. There is much more work for her to do in the next few days.
posted by briank at 6:09 AM on September 21, 2017 [2 favorites]

I hope Topos is getting hammered with donations from around the world because I can't get to their site at all:

This page ( is currently offline. However, because the site uses Cloudflare's Always Online™ technology you can continue to surf a snapshot of the site. We will keep checking in the background and, as soon as the site comes back, you will automatically be served the live version.
posted by freecellwizard at 7:14 AM on September 21, 2017

Indeed. Apparently it was only 12 yesterday. Slacker.
posted by briank at 7:28 AM on September 21, 2017 [3 favorites]

their website is a dog even on its best days.
paypal for Topos:
posted by j_curiouser at 11:14 AM on September 21, 2017

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