Lisa Rivera

A slight change from our regular travel-related posts, but an important story to tell nonetheless.

Esther from Wondertravelguru tells her story of experiencing the recent earthquake in Mexico, and more importantly, how you can help.

The news of the earthquake on 19 September in Mexico City destroyed most of the city and killed thousands of people.

Two hours after the first hit, another earthquake hit the city — eerily the same day as 32 years before. According to scientists, the percentage of this happening was 0.00000001%.

I was at home on the 9th floor, and couldn’t get down as the alarm didn’t go off as it should have. So, I stayed there for 2 long minutes waiting for the shaking to end.

After that I ran downstairs, my legs where trembling, as I went down to try to get in touch with my family. The lines were dead but fortunately the internet was working, so I contacted everyone via WhatsApp.

My brother, whose store is in Col Juarez, sent me a few pictures, the area was a wreck, though he stayed and helped others in need.

With tears in my eyes, I logged onto Facebook to see all the videos and pictures people were posting. On WhatsApp, the news kept coming, and the social media became the cry for help.

This may have been a big earthquake, but what was really moving were the people wanting to help each other. All the hardware stores opened their doors so everyone could get what they needed, Mexicans helping Mexicans.

The ‘millennials’ who we consider to be a generation of kids that are selfish, were the first to arrive. They came out on the street and helped organise to get people out of the buildings that collapsed.

There has been plenty of stories about people coming to give provisions with policeman, so that it reaches those who need it most.

There have also been Mexicans coming and stealing from the government, only to help deliver these provisions to the people.

I read an post on Facebook called ‘the young people took Mexico City, I hope they never let it go’, which was all about the younger people trying to help those trapped in buildings, and getting water and food to the rescuers. The feeling was just amazing.

I also can’t forget to mention the incredibly brave dogs who came to the rescue, like Frida, who helped saved around 50 people from the collapsed buildings.

Lastly, I can’t forget the help Mexico has received from other countries including, Israel, Japan, Chile, Venezuela, Germany, El Salvador, Canada, USA, and Spain, to name but a few.

If you’d like to donate to the cause, please visit: https://cadena.ngo/ or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jdgCs9BtLQ