On September 19, shortly after 1 p.m. El Paso time, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico, causing wide-spread damage, killing over 200 people, and injuring thousands more across the region.
Our columnist Yolitzma Aguirre was vacationing in Mexico City, visiting for the country’s 16th of September celebrations. Yolitzma is still in the capital, assisting residents and helping coordinate relief goods at a neighborhood center. What follows is her social media account of the quake, its aftermath, and her efforts to help.
September 19 6:19 p.m.
Battery low, no electricity, not able to charge. Safe and unharmed. Exhausted from walking 2 hours back to my Airbnb. Thank you all for all text and calls, cell service is sporadic. Just got all your messages. Exhausted but safe. Much love❤️
September 20 9:17 a.m.
Fnally we have light! After a long night (literally in the dark) we had no electricity, no TV, no telephone, no social media, so I was unable to process the extent of what happened in surrounding areas, I only had my experience to use as reference, and listening to the ambulances running all night, while we prayed for México.
Honestly I still can’t wrap my head around everything that happened, I fell into shock when it happened and my only thought was getting to safety. I’m now safe, thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers, once I had service again, I was able to read them and feel your love, I thank you!
Again, I’m in a safe space but so many are missing or gone…my heart is breaking and immediately looking for ways to help our beautiful Mexico Lindo…
September 20 Approx 9 p.m.
This was when I entered about 2 hours ago, some of these volunteers have been here over 24 hrs… Honored to be able to be here, serving.. Orgullosa… Que siempre VIVA MÉXICO
This was when I entered about 2 hours ago, some of these volunteers have been here over 24 hrs… Honored to be able to be here, serving.. Orgullosa… Que siempre VIVA MÉXICO ?❤️??
Опубліковано Yolitzma Aguirre 20 вересня 2017 р.
September 20 11:20 p.m.
Felt good to be able to volunteer, at least once before I left…you can’t see it but I was drenched in sweat, I was working in alimentos, we were packing the food items that were brought in… And we were in ‘chinga’ ?? the young man next to me and I became our own little process line, Alejandro, he came to help from almost an hour away.
He was going to volunteer until 5am when he could then catch the next metro back home ?❤️??…it was so beautiful to a part of the community tonight; since yesterday, I have witnessed such kindness from strangers and tonight was no different…there was a line wrapped around, folks wanting to volunteer.
The vendors kept everyone fed with tortas, café and pan dulce?…the moto riders filling up cargo to distribute throughout the areas…restored my faith in humanity