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Mexico has suffered its second major earthquake in two weeks. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit on Tuesday, September 19th near the capital, Mexico City. The heavy rattling collapsed dozens of buildings and killed nearly 300 civilians. Mexico’s sudden surge of quakes is said to be caused by ruptures in the North American and Cocos tectonic plates.

Although the first earthquake on September 8 was bigger in scale, its death toll was not as severe since the location was not as densely populated as the one in Mexico City. Frantic rescue efforts have been conducted across the city in an effort to save people who may be trapped inside collapsed buildings. A rescue party was assembled to attempt to save children trapped in a fallen school, and as of Thursday, NPR reported that “All children are accounted for.”

The Mexico earthquakes have sparked a theory that the 8.1 and 7.1 magnitude quakes are lead-ups to an 8.2 magnitude mega earthquake along the San Andreas fault. An article posted on NBC News states that since the earthquakes began in south Mexico and are working their way up the coast, it may be a foretelling that the mega-quake is on its way. California is strongly urging its citizens to prepare for the ‘big one’.

If these predictions are correct, the result would be devastating to the state and the country. California has been victim to many quakes, such as the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, a 6.7 magnitude temblor that killed dozens. “Such a mega-quake would pack nearly 90 times more energy than the Northridge quake,” (NBC News).

Many donating organizations have been created to help pay for the damage the earthquake caused. Organizations such as UNICEF Mexico or Red Cross Mexico have helped to raise nearly 16 billion pesos (about 900 million US dollars).

People wanting to help can donate to the Mexico relief fund through organizations listed here. Restoring the destruction caused by the earthquakes will not be cheap, and Mexico needs help getting back on their feet.

 

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