earthquake

The City of San Antonio and Bexar County are organizing a community wide Mexico earthquake relief effort.

Following Hurricane Harvey “our city moved quickly to provide a compassionate and humanitarian response for our fellow Texans and now we must also provide a compassionate and humanitarian response to our neighbors to the south,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Well, Mexico is our neighbor. They’re our family. And in many respects, other than a border on a map, there’s no difference between us.”

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET

A strong earthquake that hit Mexico City and other central areas has killed at least 273 people, officials say. Search teams are working feverishly to find any survivors who were trapped.

With the death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico City now reaching over 200, residents and first responders worked through the night and morning to clear rubble from collapsed buildings and look for people still trapped.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Associated Press reporter Peter Orsi (@Peter_Orsi) in Mexico City about what he’s been seeing, and how government officials are responding to the tragedy.

From Texas Standard:

massive earthquake struck overnight Thursday off the southern coast of Mexico, near the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas along the Guatemalan border. At magnitude 8.1, the earthquake is the strongest to strike the country in a century, and it was felt as far away as the capital, Mexico City, some 650 miles from the epicenter. The death toll is at least 32 and may rise as the damage is assessed in some of the more remote areas affected.

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