‘I had to be there’: A former Daily 49er writer flew down to Mexico City to help his community after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake

MEXICO CITY — When I arrived in Mexico City on Sept. 22 for a three-day trip, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. After being there countless times before, this beautiful place was unrecognizable. Imagine arriving to a metropolitan city like Los Angeles, and as soon as you walk out of the airport you see a damaged eight-story apartment building with its entire wall missing, the inside of the abandoned apartments plainly visible to the naked eye. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook the lives of Mexican people on Sept. 19. The death toll is approximately 300 people, including children. It came on the 32nd anniversary of a historical the 8.0 magnitude earthquake which occurred in 1985 and cost the lives of over 10,000 people. After the quake, the government wasn’t letting any pedestrians into the danger zones. Entry was only granted to rescue teams, engineers, search and rescue and any form of public safety officials. The only way I could help was by going to Walmart in Mexico City and buying a variety of supplies to donate them to a donation center, as well as document what was going on by snapping photos of the destruction and writing

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