7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Mexico City

The Los Angeles Times reports:

A powerful earthquake jolted Mexico City on Tuesday, seriously damaging buildings and sending people fleeing into the streets on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage to the capital. Local television stations broadcast images of collapsed facades and streets filled with rubble.

The extent of damage and injuries was not immediately clear. The U.S. Geological Survey calculated its preliminary magnitude at 7.1. The epicenter was about 93 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Puebla. Earlier in the day, buildings across the city held preparation drills on the anniversary of the 1985 quake.

From the Associated Press:

On Mexico City’s main boulevard, thousands of people streamed out of buildings into the streets in a panic, filling the plaza around the Independence Monument with a mass of people.

Traffic came to a standstill, as masses of workers blocked streets. Clouds of dust rose from fallen pieces of facades. Office workers hugged each other to calm themselves. In the city’s Roma neighborhood, which was struck hard by the 85 quake, small piles of stucco and brick fallen from building facades littered the streets.

  • JuanGalicia

    IT´S HORRIBLE ;-; …. also it happened to occur on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake which killed about 10,000 people … just a terrible coincidence.

  • kareemachan

    Gee, I wonder if drumpster will be as helpful as during their last earthquake….

    That being said, I hope the damage is minimal. 🙁

  • Ninja0980

    So how long will it take Trump to respond this time?

    • Uncle Mark

      He’ll get around to it after twitter-bragging about his UN speech, tweeting more anti-Hillary gifs, and tweeting out more childish names and threats for Kim Jong Un.

      • Snarkaholic

        He’ll probably say that God is pissed at them for refusing to fund the wall.

        • Steverino

          Beat me to it. But expect the scamvangelists to trump-et this meme.

    • WitlessProtection

      He’ll probably make it about his fucking wall.

    • JCF

      Well, he WOULD use his cellphone to call Mexico…it’s just that there are MUCH more important Tweets to send!

      • greenmanTN

        And his carrier charges him a dime if he calls outside the US!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Watching those buildings sway and crumble = YIKES

    • HZ81

      So frightening. .

      • Harley

        Ahhh. To be living in a country with little regulation.

        • Beto

          It is very regulated but buildings that are constructed under regulations are the new ones. Mexico City is very old on and by itself.

    • Cackalaquiano

      The building that collapsed is haunting me right now.

      • GayOldLady

        Me too. It was obviously an office or apt building, curtains in the windows and cell towers and sat on the roof. And the building didn’t look to be very old either.

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    • Do Something Nice

      The building in the third video looks like it was built to handle earthquakes. Here in SF, many buildings are built to withstand an earthquake but lose their facade, which sucks if you are walking below, but probably better than having the entire building collapsing onto the street.

  • Tawreos

    I hope the damage is minimal and the casualties are light.

    • JuanGalicia

      Damage is most certainly NOT minimal atm … but let´s hope deaths are minimal .. but I really doubt that, the damage is severe.

      • WitlessProtection

        I know that they strengthened the building codes after ’85, but there are STILL a lot of buildings that pre-date those changes.

      • Tawreos

        I should have looked around for more info before commenting. The article made it sound like it wasn’t that bad. Thank you for pointing it out. And I still hope that it didn’t hurt to many people

  • ByronK

    A colleague’s family is ok but they said it’s quite bad.

  • MikeBx2
    • greenmanTN

      Pro Tip: It really isn’t a good idea to stand next to an obviously dilapidated building during an earthquake.

      • Paula

        I am sure that people live in that building.

        • greenmanTN

          I sure people do live in it, probably including the woman you can heard crying “Dios mio” throughout the video. I didn’t mean to sound callous but the building looks to be in poor repair and at the very least was likely to sustain damage. What I posted was perhaps too snarky given the situation, but from the moment the video started the building didn’t look stable and they were standing too close to it. It’s bad enough that the people who live there lost everything they owned, but dying when it fell on them would be worse.

          Mea culpa for sounding callous about it. I hope no one was inside when it collapsed, but those people could have been killed by standing there.

    • ChrisInKansas

      Wow. I shouldn’t have watched that or any of these others.

  • Uncle Mark

    Why couldn’t the earth just open up under Twitler and the GOP instead?

    • Snarkaholic

      The sinkhole at Mar-a-lago tried to…but was slightly off target.

      • Steverino

        As Mother Nature often is.

        *sigh*

    • Tawreos

      Because nature isn’t interested in justice

      • Bad Tom

        Nature is indifferent.
        We must make our own justice.
        Seriously, we have to do it on our own.

  • JCF

    Multiple Cat 5 hurricanes, AND serious earthquakes? You KNOW that if a Dem were President, what the Christianists would say…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3c0f02015dc2d11000d1deaa7576f6806bec8685b7a615d75f374f601e3cc654.jpg

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Yup.

    • greenmanTN

      The leaning tower of Pee-brain.

  • PickyPecker

    I’ve only been in one earthquake. Yes, we get them here in IL from time to time. Back in 2008, we had the reverb from a 5.4 quake around 4:30am. Felt like someone was shaking the bed to wake me up. Had plaster damage here and there in the house, but certainly nothing like these poor folks are experiencing.
    Hopefully, the damage is minimal and there are no fatalities.

    • fuzzybits

      I was in a 6.2 earthquake when we lived in San Jose. The metal railings of our apartment building were making a loud humming noise. It lasted for about 30 seconds but it seemed like a lot longer.

      • netxtown

        Did a 8.0 on New Years Day 1980 on Terceira Island. Hundreds upon hundreds of houses collapsed. New born baby wing of hospital collapsed killing all. The bodies were stacked in the halls of what remained of the hospital. It was more death and destruction than I ever want to see again.

        • fuzzybits

          Wow,sorry to hear that. That would haunt me.

          • netxtown

            I can prepare for a hurricane. But there really is no ‘preparing’ for an earthquake as when and where are always in flux.

          • clay

            Preparing for an earthquake is about reinforcing with cross-shear bracing in buildings (particularly masonry and concrete), using tie-downs for tall interior objects, and installation of automatic cut off valves on natural gas lines.

      • Steverino

        The Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989 was a Richter 6.9 by comparison. I was leaving the SJSU Library where I worked just as it struck, and trying to run away from the building (which had lots of glass windows and solar panels which could fall) was like trying to run on a waterbed. Established old trees on campus were swinging and swaying as if we were in a hurricane.

        True story: one of my colleagues told me several weeks after the earthquake that friends of hers were watching the baseball game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco when the quake struck, and so the game was called off and the ballpark was evacuated. When they made their way to the parking lot, their car was missing, likely stolen. It turned out that when the collapsed Cypress Structure (a two-level concrete freeway structure) in Oakland was demolished, the remains of their car, along with the remains of the thiefs who stole it, were discovered buried under the collapsed structure.

        Oops.

      • Bad Tom

        Time stretches out in emergencies. It’s like our brains flick on the afterburners. It’s a wild ride while it lasts. You shake like a leaf afterwards.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Did southern Illinois JUST get one this morning? 3.8 I believe.

    • Taylor Bixler

      Illinois is actually filled with seismic fault lines.

    • another_steve

      We experienced an earthquake here in the D.C. area in 2011 that was strong enough to result in damage. My man and I were in the woods gathering wood for the winter when it occurred. The ground we were on apparently absorbed the shock; we only became aware that there had been a quake when we got back to the house and found things all over the floor. Things that had fallen off bookshelves and counters and the like.

      The quake did damage to some of D.C.’s structures. The Washington Monument was closed for a long time as a result of quake-related damage.

      • jerry

        I felt that one…I believe it was centered above Richmond.

    • edrex

      last year i was sleeping on the living room floor with the dog b/c i wanted to make sure he was breathing (husband i didn’t communicate and we accidentally overdosed him on tramadol — we were traumatized, but he was fine), and in the middle of the night dog jumped up and fled the room in a panic for no clear reason. husband soon came out of the bedroom and asked me why i came into the room and shook him. a few minutes later we learned it was earthquake tremors from a hundred miles away. our old plaster ceilings still have fine cracks.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OMG!!! OMG!!! That is so scary. I don’t want to know the death toll. My apartment in SF is up high. Now I’m actually nervous if something that big hits here.

    • fuzzybits

      I always thought that when I was going through the trans bay tube.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        I wonder if the Millennium Tower will collapse in a big quake.

        • fuzzybits

          Yikes!

        • Cuberly

          Why aren’t they considering the option of tearing that thing down?

          I know it’s mired in lawsuits galore right now but the fact that the sinking has accelerated, shouldn’t that be a rather concerning warning sign?

          • Rebecca Gardner

            I’ll never understand why they only used friction piles instead of going to bedrock. Oh wait, I know. Greed. That would have cost more money.

          • Cuberly

            And for that location, it’s bay fill for blocks. For them to reach bedrock would have cost a pretty penny. It’s built on jello.

            The planning commission deserves a major fail award for approving that monstrosity.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Yup! Friction piles are not good during liquefaction.

            http://geology.com/usgs/liquefaction/

      • m_lp_ql_m

        I think that every time I get off at Civic Center.

  • David L. Caster

    The gods are angry.

  • Rex

    OK, did Mexico do something nice for the gays? It’s the only explanation for why God’s shaking them up.

    • fuzzybits

      Won’t take long for the ooga booga’s to say something most likely.

    • Tawreos

      I am sure that what the christians believe that the Mexicans did wrong was not being born white Americans, if they acknowledge something happening somewhere else in the world at all.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Hey, they’re brown, that’s enough of an excuse for Jehovah.

      • Rex

        Odd since Jehovah was brown.

        • Tawreos

          Don’t tell christians that or you will have a fight on your hands.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Ah, but the white Christians don’t know that…..and you know how they get about changing the race of certain deities.

  • MikeBx2

    He left out the part where he calls them criminals and rapists and some good people…
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/910233418474098688

    • Taylor Bixler

      So we know his twitter works. Does his cell phone work this time?

    • fuzzybits

      His phone has numerals on it. Make a damn phone call!

    • Jean-Marc in Canada
      • bambinoitaliano

        He is probably thinking of visiting and selling his MAGA hat to the victims.

      • Phil2u

        If “we” are there, it won’t be to help; it will be to collect rubble as building material for a wall.

    • Treant

      …now pay for my fuckin’ wall.

    • Treant

      Dump did not write this. It’s coherent, to the point, and doesn’t call them ‘Sad!’

    • Cuberly

      He must have read Mature Trump’s feed.

      https://twitter.com/MatureTrumpTwts/status/910232933717495808

    • Cuberly

      Whenever a tweet mentions god I automatically think it’s ScamWay on the account.

    • Ninja0980

      So who had his phone right now?

      • clay

        I bet it didn’t even come from his (Android) phone, but from the laptop. Reads like his golf caddy’s work.

        No, on second thought, too short for the golf caddy; make that Con-way.

    • barrixines

      Shove your American god right up your arse you insane pig.

    • MikeBx2

      I could be wrong, but I bet it would be nearly impossible to find evidence of Trump ever uttering the phrase “God bless…” before he was needing to con the Evangelicals.

    • Rex

      God bless – even the losers and haters?

    • MikeBx2

      How exactly does “God bless” people after a devastating earthquake? By not sending a devastating fire or flood?

      • Snarkaholic

        By supplying countless rocks (from the rubble) for them to throw at gays?

    • Paula

      Thoughts and prayers…

    • greenmanTN

      It’s a good thing they all have those cantaloupe sized calves so they can run away!

    • bambinoitaliano

      I can’t wait to tweet the same words when he and his entire gangs of colluders being lock up for good.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • safari

      I’m no civil engineer, but I’d say that’s not right.

      • clay

        That’s what happens when natural gas lines get sheared, metal edges grinding on metal edges now exposed to oxygen. In urban areas, as long as the masonry buildings are reinforced, fire is the greatest threat during earthquakes.

        • Bad Tom

          In this case, there was a preexisting fire to ignite the combustible gas once it had concentrated to ignition potential.

        • RoFaWh

          There’s a well-known video of the 2011 tsunami coming ashore onto the Sendai plain. As one commentator put it, they had a sort of “tsunami soup” develop out of the detritus from shattered buildings. And right in the middle of this floating trash pile is a big fire.

          In Japan’s case the initial fuel is bottled gas of some sort.

  • ColdCountry

    It seems like the world is going mad. Either that, or it’s trying to shake/blow/wash those nasty humans off its surface.

    Mexico sent us help when we were in need. Are we reciprocating?

    • ByronK

      Thoughts and prayers?

    • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

      I think we know the answer to that. ‘Murca first. I’m sure the right wing twitter thinks this is hilarious. And that fucking twunt Kelly tod trump MX is a “failing state”.

  • BeaverTales

    I hope they were better prepared today than 1985.

    They were overdue for more quakes, now it is the US’s turn for a big coastal quake….hello LA/SF/Seattle?

    • Cuberly

      Ugh, bite your tongue. (shudder)

      Ok, time to check the status of my emergency quake kit.

      • BeaverTales

        I live in earthquake country too. After all these natural disasters, I am as prepared as I am going to be…

        • Cuberly

          Yep. I remember, not to mention the ones up your direction can be considerably stronger compared to the average strength in the bay area.

          • BeaverTales

            Alaska gets enormous quakes, but they happen no more often than once every few centuries. I thought I would share this article excerpt from the NYTimes:

            Where might a powerful quake strike in the United States?

            There are two subduction zones in the United States. One, which includes Alaska, generated the 9.2 quake in 1964, and therefore, Dr. Hayes said, another quake of that strength probably won’t happen for hundreds of years.

            The other, the Cascadia subduction zone, runs along the Pacific Coast on the western borders of Oregon and Washington. There, the Juan de Fuca Plate is edging east and slipping slowly beneath the North American Plate.

            This Cascadia subduction zone last generated a magnitude-9.0 earthquake in the Pacific Northwest in 1700, and based on what we know about the frequency of such quakes, Dr. Hayes said that another one of similar strength could occur any day now.

            https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/world/americas/mexico-earthquakes-explainer.html?action=click&contentCollection=Movies&module=Trending&version=Full&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

          • Cuberly

            It’s interesting you posted that, I remember reading that.

            Still, always a good idea to have at least some basics on hand if one strikes.

          • BeaverTales

            Food, water and a roof are all I ask from this society in a disaster.

            In the words of the immortal Earl Butz, all I need is “I’ll tell you what the coloreds want. It’s three things: first, a tight pussy; second, loose shoes; and third, a warm place to shit.”

            I would add wifi Internet , a hard dick instead of a tight pussy, privacy, books and the company of my dogs.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Being ‘overdue’ for a big quake (which we are here in SF) doesn’t increase the chances of having one. There’s still no way to predict one accurately.

      • BeaverTales

        In places with subduction zone quakes (megathrust), the geologic record [tsunami cores and other stratigraphic evidence of tectonic settlement] often shows periodicity on geologic time scales. In Seattle it’s ~300 years and in Alaska it’s ~500 years. California’s periodicity is more frequent.

        • m_lp_ql_m

          Yes, there is periodicity, but that “~” is a big “~”. It still happens when it happens. It could be tomorrow, then the very next one the day after. Or not.

  • safari

    So: ACA is under threat from the GOP at the moment, there’s a cat 5 hurricane hitting PR after mowing down the Dominican republic, and Mexico City just got knocked around.

    It is Tuesday.

    • AmeriCanadian

      You missed Drumpf telling the world via his UN speech that he’s prepared to completely annihilate North Korea.

      • RoFaWh

        And no one dares ask that difficult question “to what end?”

        Trump is just being a school bully who thinks he’s identified a weakling he can really kick around. [Words fail to express my sorrow that writing such a sentence would ever be necessary.]

        • Harley

          Ding ding ding.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Business as usual

    • Bad Tom

      I do not like this new normal.
      Can’t you blink and make it stop?
      Please?

      • Nychta

        I’ve tried clicking my heels three times, but I don’t think I have the right shoes.

        • Bad Tom

          Ruby heels are so hard to find.
          Have you tried eBay?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    That it happens on the same day as ’85 is like adding insult to injury. I can only hope that this time around there aren’t nearly as many casualties. The damage appears to be extensive, mostly from older buildings that were probably just shored up, but never really proofed. My nephew (firefighter in Quebec) is planning to go down with several of his crew to help out as soon as they’re ready. Between Irma and this, the NA continent seems unduly pissed at humanity.

    • greenmanTN

      As well it should be. Remember when RWNJs were saying Obama was the antichrist? Were I believer in that mumbo jumbo I’d think it much more like that Trump is since he’s been sowing so much fear and hate.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Please thank your nephew for me, Jean-Marc, in whatever way you feel would be most appropriate!

      I have a vivid memory of the 1985 quake. This was during the Reagan years, so it was generally a very dark-feeling time, to begin with! Very early in the morning en el 19 de septiembre, mi prima me llamó por teléfono (No existían teléfonos cellulares, en ese tiempo.) She was watching Spanish-language television in Los Angeles (which in 1985, was limited mainly to “ka eme e équis–televisión–treinta y cuatro, Los Ángeles“), and they had non-stop coverage, but it was somewhat limited by an initial lack of information. Many of the spots were llamadas (‘phone-ins’) from reporters who were in México, D.F., and whose phones worked!

      I took the day off from work, and she and I watched the coverage together most of the day, talking on the phone about it. Other family members tried calling down to México to find out what was going on–if everyone was ok– but it was very difficult to get through. Mexican telecom at that time was farther behind the U.S.’s than it is now; also, there was no ‘cellular network’ like there is now; also, because (concerned) dummies like us were tying up the few international lines that existed.

      It actually took almost a week, before we had tallied two deaths of actual family members, and more than 20 of ‘extended family’ or people we knew well. And we actually considered ourselves lucky! ;-

    • Hue-Man
  • Henry Auvil

    Sending light and love to the people of Mexico, but clearly, God is expressing his displeasure with mariachi bands and taco bowls. I heard it on CBN.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      But the Trump Tower Grill has the BEST taco bowls!

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Trump Tower could still get hit by Hurricane Jose. There’s still time.

        • Beagle

          And we don’t know where Maria will go.

    • Phil2u

      …noi to mention the gays. I just returned from a stay in the Zona Rosa. I was in fact in an airplane over the city when it struck.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Early reports are some injuries, but no known fatalities yet. I hope that holds out.

    EDIT: Ugh. No, there are already reports a minute ago of at least 47 dead.

  • Steverino

    “‘Gitmo’ Bama
    @President1Trump”

    *eyeroll*

  • MikeBx2

    When something like this happens, early news reports are almost never accurate. This report is horrible but likely to get much worse…
    https://twitter.com/SkyNewsBreak/status/910241056771461121

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I felt it here in Oaxaca. Very powerful. It was the first earthquake I ever felt and hope to never feel another!

    • Rebecca Gardner

      I was living in SoCal when a 6.0 hit. It was my first quake since moving there from NYC. I screamed out at work, “What the fuck is that!!!!” Someone across the office yelled, “The NYer just felt her first quake.” The whole office laughed.

      So yeah, quakes are really unnerving. Especially if it’s your first one. I’ve had two good ones here in SF while in my apartment. One felt like I was on a boat. The other felt like someone just hit me in the back with a baseball bat. They come in all different varieties.

      • matrem

        Northridge?

        • Rebecca Gardner

          No. I was still in NYC during the Northridge quake.

          • pch1013

            I moved to LA a month before that one. It was… vivid.

        • Zeldacat

          And Northridge was at 4:31 AM. Probably not too many offices open at that hour. That as a hell of a way to wake up. I don’t live in a really active area these days but am to this day very sensitive to ground movement.

          Though the crowd reaction at a convention in Pasadena that March to a big aftershock was fun. “Huh, that’s a big one,” was mine. Out of town people were understandably much more (sorry!) rattled.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        Yes! That is what this felt like, Rebecca, like being on a boat on ocean waves. People say it was more bouncy here than back and forth shaking.

      • colo303

        I was in Mexico for my first one and had the same experience. Trying to fall asleep and hearing the aftershocks all night was the most difficult part.

    • ChrisInKansas

      Thanks to fracking (or, not fracking, if you listen to Brownback), I have now felt at least a dozen earthquakes in the last couple of years in the middle of freaking Kansas. The last one was a 3.1 that was just a few miles away. It made an enormous jolt and “boom” and we swore a car ran into the house next door.

      It’s no 6.0 or 7.1 to be sure, but it’s still unnerving.

    • greenmanTN

      I’ve never been to Mexico but Oaxaca is one of the places I’d like to go. A lot of art and crafts, yes?

      • RoFaWh

        The six moles of Oaxaca are a culinary legend.

        Not all mole contains chocolate.

        Go. Eat. Report back.

        • Phil2u

          The mole colorado with pork shank is to weep over.

      • Phil2u

        Oaxaca is economically a poor state, but visually astounding. The rugs, the ceramics, the wood carving are entrancing. You will not regret a visit. The people are also friendly and welcoming; if they have only two tortillas to their name, you are welcome to one of them. The cuisine is equally famous. I shared a suite in a B&B with a chef from Sacramento; it was a wonderful experience as he had access to so many kitchens in town. There are also numerous sites of historical importance as it is where basically the Aztec world met the Mayan world.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        Yes, it’s a very artsy/crafty place and the food is unusual and very good.

    • jmax

      I’ve experienced two quakes, both on my birthday and both while visiting Oklahomo City. During the bigger (5.7) one in 2011, the lady sitting next to me in Tramp’s Bar was calling jeebus the whole time. If it wasn’t for the danger involved, I would have enjoyed it.

      • AmeriCanadian

        That’s my fear…when the world is truly ending I’m going to be surrounded by nutjobs all praying and baying loudly and I won’t be able to escape it. It’ll be a fate worse than the end.

        • jmax

          It was actually kinda hilarious. Here is this old black woman, drunk off her ass in a gay bar, calling for god to save her. The humor was lost on me at the time, but now I look back and have a good giggle.

    • Phil2u

      I have been to the lovely state of Oaxaca numerous times and studied in the city. I remember an early evening on the patio of a friend’s house when the candles and glasses began doing a little dance. Breath was held for a few minutes, but it was just a tremor. I learned that it happens there frequently due to the geological formation of the substrata.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I have some fond memories of the City. Great fun. Great people. Let’s hope for the best for them.

    • Jerry Kott

      Agree. The Museum of Anthropology is breathtaking in so many ways.
      Sad, sad news

  • TheManicMechanic

    How will they be able to fix all this damage and still pay for Trump’s wall? /s

    • Talisman

      The invasions, of course. So much prime real estate just begging for golf courses.

      And the tequila revenues.

  • bambinoitaliano

    It’s like Godzilla emerging from the background. Freaking scary!

  • AmeriCanadian

    O/T: Democratic lawmakers arrested outside Trump Tower

    I didn’t realize that sitting members of congress could be arrested.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/09/19/democratic-lawmakers-arrested-outside-trump-tower/

    • Treant

      The law reads that they can be arrested only if they’re Democrats, or doing something the current regime doesn’t approve of. So, y’know, two strikes already.

      • AmeriCanadian

        LOL but seriously, don’t they have congressional immunity? I believe our constitution states as much:

        Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution provides, in part: “They
        shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.”

        • Treant

          “Breach of the Peace.” It’s only a breach when Dems do it.

          • That_Looks_Delicious

            If only they had assaulted a journalist instead, they would have been in the clear.

      • Steverino

        One-party regimes are like that.

  • pch1013

    The depraved death cultists over at Breitbart are doing cartwheels, as you’d expect.

    • Treant

      The next time a hurricane hits Alabama and Mississippi, I’m gonna sign up over there and yell, “SCOREBOARD, motherfuckers! S-C-O-R-E-B-O-A-R-D!”

    • Cuberly

      Yeah, I just returned from there.

      I need a shower.

    • greenmanTN

      I wish that surprised me.

  • Cuberly
    • Treant

      Scum. All of them.

      • Cuberly

        Other peoples misery is what they feed on. They’re also inundating Mediaite with the same vile nonsense.

    • greenmanTN

      My cats have covered things in sand that are less offensive than those people.

    • MikeBx2

      Look at them talking about cockroaches without a hint of self awareness.

      • Cuberly

        Would they say that shit in the light of day? In public?

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Doubtful, cowards are rarely honest in public.

        • Talisman

          Only if they were surrounded by other white people from the same trailer park.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      They’re all class….lower class.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Filthy Filthy Fucking Cucks.

      • Steverino

        Cucksockers.

    • Steverino

      Assholes need to be reminded that it was Mexican firefighters and emergency personnel who volunteered to help out with the Harvey disaster.

      God, these people are evil.

    • Dramphooey

      “Patton was Right.” George Patton hated Russians.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      And they wonder why people call them deplorables.

  • Talisman

    The dumpster is thinking of sending his thoughts and prayers, unless something distracts him.

    • JWC

      He can’t apparently get them on his cell

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    While this day has brought embarrassment, pain, tragedy and earthquakes, may I offer this small respite of humour…

    Have fun with this, there’s more than one rhyme.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a267183bd8d2d38b61bfbb2dc6b5a644a66787b6ff2b395adc68a3bf05f67ac4.jpg

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      That thing is not going on my shelf!
      {shudders}

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Oh no. Every parent’s nightmare.

      • TuuxKabin

        Everyone who cares.

  • leo77

    Just spoke to a high school friend who’s sister and brother in law, also friends of mine, live in Mexico City, They and their immediate families are all OK, but the devastation is terrible, 13 buildings collapsed just in the neighborhood near the school where they work.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      So sad. Glad to hear they’re ok. Hopefully, this will be the norm for news out of FD.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Swaying is better than breaking. See all that stuff falling off the buildings? That’s why you shouldn’t run outside during a quake.

    • Cuberly

      That’s what I’ve always been told. But when you’ve seen buildings fall, sort of difficult to not GTFO.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        So, … should I stay or should I go?

        • BearEyes

          hmm reminds me of a motel commercial…

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Should I stay or should I go now?
            If I go, there will be trouble
            And if I stay it will be double
            So come on and let me know

        • GayOldLady

          I would get out, especially if I was in a house.

          • TuuxKabin

            Just get out period and away from the structure if possible.

          • GayOldLady

            My California boy knows what to do. 🙂

          • TuuxKabin

            And my Tennessee gal knows what to say and do. Thanks dollingk. Sigh. Such a day. Such a goddamn day. All’s settled now, tho. After dinner and dessert. Gettin’ ready for taps and a tuck in.

            Sweet dreams to you and yo’ darlon.

        • Rebecca Gardner

          If I go there will be trouble
          And if I stay it will be double

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Another “The Clash” fan!
            Yay!!

        • TuuxKabin

          Get TFOut!

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      In today’s particular case, the casualties would have been much higher if everybody hadn’t gotten out of the buildings in Mexico City before they came down.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Fun fact: If every pane of glass came out of every building in downtown SF, the streets would be covered with 6 feet of glass.

      Weird fact I learned in one of the classes at the Fire Department.

    • TuuxKabin

      Oh sure. Sit & wait. Try it.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • BearEyes

    I reached out to my project support team in the city. They’re not allowed back in the building right now, but at least they’re all ok and accounted for.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Good-ish news.

  • Captain Jack

    I’m gonna go home tonight and update my earthquake kit… too many bad memories of the last big one in SF..

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      We keep getting articles by seismologists in the southern California papers warning that our “big one” is a matter of when, not if, and that most homes and structures are not prepared. My complex was built in the 80s, so it’s probably relatively up to date with earthquake building codes, but I think there’s things you’re supposed to do like tether large cabinets to the walls, etc.

      • ChrisMorley

        Your 80s building more likely needs retrofitting. A lot has changed in the last 30-40 years.

        The Need For Retrofitting
        Recent earthquakes in California have provided evidence of how efficient the new building codes are when it comes to construction and retrofitting. However, there are still many older buildings in California that have not been retrofitted, and it is up to the owners to do so.
        If you aren’t sure if the building you work or live in has been
        retrofitted, ask your landlord, advises the Southern California
        Earthquake Center. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/california-building-codes-earthquakes-2592.html

    • stevenj

      I was out at a beach in the Presidio that afternoon. I had felt a strong quake in the mid 80’s centered further south of the Bay Area (a 6.1 mag near Morgan Hill) – first time I’d ever seen the ground, buildings, trees sway & shake – but the ’89 Loma Prieta quake (6.9 mag) featured some muscular bolting that made it difficult to stand. Have earthquake kits both in the apartment and also elsewhere in the building.

  • Myles

    Has Popocateptl erupted?

  • Lars Littlefield

    This hits me especially hard. My then boyfriend and I were in Cuernavaca on Sept 19, 1985. We were in a second story bedroom and thrown out of bed when the first earthquake struck. About 30 minutes later there was a second one that brought down the brick buildings damaged in the first. Our place was spared, but no water, gas or electricity for seven days. We were also stuck in Cuernavaca until we could arrange for bus tickets along back roads to Acapulco. Mexico City was an incredible mess. A friend told me it was like an explosion in a glass factory. Sheets of glass falling from steel curtain-style towers. The death toll just kept increasing for months.

    If you read about the events of the 85 earthquake they state 10,000 died. The number of deaths was actually much higher, as high as possibly 45,000. But if you ask anyone who lived through the dig out of the rubble the count is probably closer to 30,000. When the earthquake first hit the president ordered a news blackout for two days. So, you can imagine the chaos. Despite the government, the most amazing thing about the disaster was how the citizens banded together and worked tirelessly to rescue those trapped in the rubble and locating the deceased.

    We returned to D.F. two years later. The city was still filled with empty buildings that tilted dramatically off center — with many homeless camping in them. The sidewalks along Insurgentes and Revolucíon were buckled like the tracks of a roller coaster. And if you have ever spent anytime in D.F. you most likely recall seeing many mid 20th century steel and glass towers that are still off center. Not dangerously off center, but enough to notice that they tilt.

  • TuuxKabin

    CDMX wasn’t jolted. It was devastated. Terrifying images. My heart aches for Mexico and it’s/my people constantly. More so these last few weeks.

    • Nychta

      I feel it, too. So distressing. I hope the aftershocks aren’t too bad and that those who need help urgently will get it in time.

      • TuuxKabin

        The images are a repeat of the ’85 quake. Civilians performing search & rescue efforts. It saddens me so much. At least my experience with Cruz Rojo living there was THEY help. At this point we could have an open table with them.

  • Phil2u

    This is so horrible! Incredibly, I had just left CDMX on a flight home when it struck! I saw the news on television in the Houston airport during layover.

    • Jukesgrrl

      Glad you’re OK.

      • Phil2u

        Thanks so much. I just got home to N.C. and am watching news. It’s frightening. I had planned to stay until Thursday. Yikes!

  • Jukesgrrl

    I don’t suppose anyone from our government called to express condolences or OFFER TO HELP, as Mexico did when Harvey hit Houston. The Trump administration is utterly shameful.