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1985 Mexico City Earthquake

For Mexicans, September 19, 1985, is burned into our collective conscience. At exactly 7:19 a.m., as many were heading to work, an 8.1 earthquake hit Mexico City killing up to 40,000 and leaving tens of thousands more injured.

While the earthquake devastated an entire region, it also brought Mexicans together. Millions donated, others walked into the rubble to help save the lives of their fellow citizens.

The courage and solidarity shown by ordinary people is still felt today with organizations like the Topos de Tlatelolco, a rescue brigade, now helping to save lives in disaster-stricken zones throughout the world.

Read: Mexican Engineering: A Model for Earthquake Preparedness

See a documentary on the ’85 earthquake and read more about the political implications it had on the PRI.

Images via El Universal, Getty, and Wikipedia.

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