RU reacts to Mexico Earthquake

By Jocelyne Soto
Torch Correspondent

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A view of a partially collapsed hotel in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The recent earthquake in Mexico was an overwhelming day for the entire country. The earthquake in September was also the anniversary of another earthquake in 1985. On both occasions, the country suffered tremendous loss both material and in life.

The death toll this past September reached over 360 people, and many areas suffered from damage where recovery has been slow. It is because of this that there were many organizations gathering to help wherever possible.

“We’re supposed to help one another and lend a hand to each other because we never know when we might go through the same thing,” said Mayra Munoz, sophomore computer science major.

In fact, much of Mexico’s recovery was from countless fundraisers and donations funds were set up as part of the relief effort. Organizations such as UNICEF and the Red Cross also participated to help areas that were affected.

It was not only the physical repercussions of the earthquake which hurt the country and its people. Exactly 32 years earlier, there was an earthquake that killed thousands of people.

For senior international studies major Leticia Garcia, it was an event that hit close to home.

“My uncle helped with the last earthquake, the one that happened so many years ago, he helped pull people out,” said Garcia.

An event such as this is traumatic to experience once but to realize that it has happened twice on the same day with as much damage can be difficult for those who were affected by the first. It’s like having New Orleans suffer another devastating hurricane like Katrina. Whether a person suffered material damages, lost loved ones, or participated in the aftermath, the memories stay.

It is also important to remember that in many places, Mexico is considered a developing country. In places such as this, even a small natural disaster can have a large impact. “Every natural disaster, every tragedy is a tragedy in itself,” said Garcia.

For this particular earthquake, one of the biggest focuses was on the school of children which collapsed and killed many of the students. There were also children who remained trapped for several hours before they were able to be rescued. These types of experiences are not forgotten for adults but the effect on the children would have been much more severe.

For Mexico, relief efforts have been made but it will take time to recover. “It’s never enough, especially for a country where there’s so much poverty and corruption,” said Garcia. There could always be more help but for everyone, the process could much easier.

“They could lose everything but as long as they have their families, they’ll go through it together,” said Munoz.

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