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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City. President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children had died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed. The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage in neighboring states. ... The epicentre of the latest quake was near Atencingo in Puebla state, about 75 miles from Mexico City, with a depth of 32 miles, the US Geological Survey said.

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FTA: "Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told TV network Televisa that buildings at 44 locations had collapsed or were badly damaged. These are said to include a six-storey blocks of flats, a supermarket and a factory."

#1 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-09-20 06:23 AM | Reply

Perhaps using Mexico as a manufacturing place would be beneficial to Mexico if we weren't trying to use it to cut wages. Mexico's infrastructure could improve if wages rose to a level that allowed strict building codes but our oligarchs don't want that to happen, they just want cheap labor. In the end, much of the suffering in the world can be laid at the feet of oligarchs.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-09-20 08:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Regulations are bad mmmkay? Including those that govern structural integrity and earthquake proofing.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-09-20 11:10 AM | Reply

The problem with the republican plans is that their response to business fleeing to low wage low regulation countries is to try to make America a low wage low regulation country. They want to make America North Mexico.

#4 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-09-20 12:03 PM | Reply

What are the odds Trump will send the help Mexico needs? Just good dogs would help these poor people.

We can have more of these type disasters as soon as Trump succeeds in deregulating our country.

#5 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-09-20 03:46 PM | Reply

Aside from the economic debate going on here...

A friend lives in the city of Puebla right now - that's where she is from. Apparently it was bad but could have been much much worse.

The fact that ONLY 44 buildings collapsed says a lot. In an area with 10s of thousands of buildings things could have been much worse. One thing to know about the area - Mexico City - is that the geography amplifies the effects of a quake. Mexico city sits on an old lake bed that shakes like Jello - relatively small tremors result in magnified effects at the surface. So a 7.1 might feel more like a 7.5 or 8.0 in the capital. The deadly quake in 85 was actually 200 miles away from the city. This is a tragic situation but it could have been far worse.

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-09-20 04:19 PM | Reply

One thing to know about the area - Mexico City - is that the geography amplifies the effects of a quake. Mexico city sits on an old lake bed that shakes like Jello - relatively small tremors result in magnified effects at the surface.

Its the same thing as we have in the Marina District here in the City, landfill exacerbates earthquakes.

A client of mine is in Mexico City right now and says that it shook for a long time, but most of the newer construction seems to be fine, which is a good sign.

#7 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-09-20 04:29 PM | Reply

Pray for the people there.

Unfortunately predictions of this quake go way back, just like the san andreas fault. just a matter of when

#8 | Posted by Maverick at 2017-09-20 08:50 PM | Reply

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