Today is the anniversary of the catastrophic Mexico City earthquake of 1985. The magnitude 8,0 quake struck at 7:17 in the morning. Around five thousand bodies were recovered, but the death toll was surely much higher, anywhere between 10,000 and 45,000. 412 buildings collapsed and over 3,000 were seriously damaged.
Thirty-two years later, in 2017, another earthquake struck on this same date. The annual earthquake drill had been held at 11:00 A.M,, and two hours later a magnitude 7.1 quake hit Mexico City and the neighboring states of Puebla and Morelos. There were 220 deaths in Mexico City, and 44 buildings collapsed.
The annual nationwide earthquake drill will occur again today shortly after noon. The earthquake sirens will go off throughout the city, and people are expected to leave their homes, offices and schools.
In this YouTube video you can hear what the earthquake alarm sounds like.
Also, this YouTube Video shows a flag raising ceremony held early this morning as a tribute to the victims of the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes. It opens with a view of the Zócalo, and you can see the Independence Day decorations still illuminated. Jump ahead to 2:50 to see the beginning of the ceremony.
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