Carlos Puig

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Rescue workers and volunteers at the site of a collapsed building in Mexico City.Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times

What are the odds?

What are the odds that the same natural phenomenon would strike the same city, with the same fury, on the same exact date three decades apart?

Those of us who live here now know.

On Sept. 19, 1985, at 7:17 a.m., an earthquake of 8.1 magnitude hit Mexico City. Nothing like it had been recorded before. The final death toll is still in dispute, but more than 9,150 people are thought to have died in the disaster.

Construction codes were revised after that; we were taught emergency routes and procedures. The first thing you learn when you get a new job is where to walk, how to protect yourself and what not to do if an earthquake strikes.…  Seguir leyendo »