On September 19, a powerful,
magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit central
Mexico. Police, firefighters and
ordinary Mexicans dug frantically
through the rubble of collapsed
schools, homes and apartment
buildings, looking for survivors. As
of September 22, the death toll had
climbed to 273.
The strong quake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake. Just hours earlier, Mexicans around the country had held earthquake drills to mark the date.
One of the most desperate rescue efforts was at a primary and secondary school in southern Mexico City. A lot of volunteers came to help. At one site, a human chain was formed to pass pieces of rubble across four city blocks to a site where they were dumped.
The quake appeared to be unrelated to the magnitude 8.1 earthquake that hit on September 7 off Mexico's southern coast. U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle noted the epicenters of the two quakes were 650 kilometers apart and said most aftershocks are within 100 kilometers.
墨西哥中部在9 月19 日發生芮 氏規模7.1 強震。不少校舍、住家 、大廈倒塌，警方、消防人員及一 般民眾馬不停蹄的在瓦礫堆中搜尋 生還者。截至9 月22 日，死亡人 數已攀升至273 人。
這起強震剛好和墨國紀念1985 年大地震32 周年同一天。就在強 震發生前數小時，墨國人才舉行了 防震演習。
在首都墨西哥市南部一所中小學 ，搜救人員拚了命在瓦礫堆中尋找 生還者。許多人主動伸手幫忙。在 其中一個現場，大家形成人鏈，將 碎石破瓦以接力方式送到四條街之 外丟棄。
這次地震似乎和9 月7 日在墨西 哥南部濱海地區發生的8.1 強震無 關。美國地質調查局地震專家艾爾 表示，這兩個地震的震央相距650 公里，而多數餘震與主震多半在 100 公里之內。