30 Most Shocking Videos From Mexico Earthquake (And How To Help)

[This article originally appeared on The Alternative Daily here.]

A devastating 7.1 earthquake struck Puebla, Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, the deadliest tremor in three decades. The violent shaking leveled several buildings in the country’s capital of Mexico City and surrounding regions, trapping many residents beneath collapsed structures.

After working through the night, rescue workers and volunteers are digging through the rubble and debris to find survivors. To add to the chaos, electricity and phones lines are down for more than two million people, leaving many citizens unable to locate their loved ones. At the time of writing, the death toll is 225, including young children. Sadly, the death toll is expected to climb as rescue efforts continue.

"The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people," said President Enrique Pena Nieto in a statement Tuesday evening.

The moment the earthquake hit

This video was captured from Ted de Monterrey, a university in Mexico City, where 40 people were injured and one person died:

Los momentos de terror que sufrieron en el Tec de Monterrey CDMX, donde murió una persona pic.twitter.com/DxluP9FY4H

— CIUDAD (@reformaciudad) September 20, 2017

This woman in a shopping center escaped falling glass — twice:

Prayers, Faith & destiny! Woman moves 2x & avoid falling glass #CDMX #MexicoQuake #FuerzaMexico pic.twitter.com/FJ5thRu6qH

— Al K (@AlKotero) September 20, 2017

The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education crumbles:

El número de fallecidos en el Tec de Monterrey CDMX ascendió a 4; hay 40 heridos pic.twitter.com/KyAAIp9nZX

— CIUDAD (@reformaciudad) September 20, 2017

People gather in the streets of Colonia Obrera to ride out the quake:

Colonia Obrera, durante el sismo pic.twitter.com/vFJIuW1lqm

— CIUDAD (@reformaciudad) September 19, 2017

The earthquake knocks down a church tower:

La caída de las cúpulas de la iglesia de san Andrés Cholula, #Puebla #FuerzaMexico #MexicoUnido #sismo pic.twitter.com/LiXxeEZbZy

— Saotiko (@saotikomx) September 20, 2017

The earthquake frightens boat passengers:

#GDL #haarp 👽@victorhbecerra
Un impresionante vídeo del temblor de hace un rato en los canales de Xochimilco #CDMX pic.twitter.com/QngYzkvmqs

— reporterogdl (@ReporteroGDLmx) September 19, 2017

Earthquake hits busy downtown area: 

Video of the moment #earthquake hit #Mexico #FuerzaMexico #mexicoearthquake #MexicoQuake pic.twitter.com/V3PekNkxxc

— WorldWide Weird News (@www__news) September 20, 2017

Earthquake strikes an office building:

Así se sintió el sismo en la redacción de https://t.co/yZhRO4eZHB pic.twitter.com/V4694bCDJT

— Milenio.com (@Milenio) September 19, 2017

The ground appears to “breathe” during the quake:

Ground and buildings wobbled and shook#Sismo #AyudaCiudadana #Terremoto #FuerzaMexico #Earthquake #Terremotomexico #MexicoUnido pic.twitter.com/BgUEIZW8U5

— Millennial Monitor (@kylemillennial) September 20, 2017

Footage of trains rocking back and forth:


This is how earthquake jolted Mexico city. Prayers for all out there. pic.twitter.com/G781aFZtOz

— Dr. Nabeel Alvi (@RphNabeel) September 20, 2017

The aftermath of the Mexico earthquake

A building collapses: 

This is unreal. #MexicoCityearthquake #earthquake #MexicoQuake #Mexico pic.twitter.com/dvmBsGH78T

— Sara Elisa Ritchie (@saraelisaa_) September 19, 2017

Another building collapses:

Prayers for Mexico. Building collapse. Absolutely horrifying. #MexicoQuake pic.twitter.com/uWgKhAF6JC

— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) September 19, 2017

A building explodes after the earthquake:

Fire ball explosion after earthquake#Sismo #AyudaCiudadana #Terremoto #FuerzaMexico #Rebsamen #Earthquake #Terremotomexico #MexicoUnido #DF pic.twitter.com/JEieQh6hFZ

— Millennial Monitor (@kylemillennial) September 20, 2017

Drone shows footage of a collapsed building:

Drone footage shows a collapsed building in Mexico City after a 7.1-M earthquake left more than 200 people dead https://t.co/MvtMR1JCS7 pic.twitter.com/jHQnxgjY0n

— CNN International (@cnni) September 20, 2017

The rescue efforts for the Mexico earthquake

Rescuers work through Tuesday night to find survivors:

Vecinos y rescatistas retiran escombros y buscan sobrevivientes en Amsterdam y Laredo, Condesa.
📹 Samuel Adam pic.twitter.com/OanikCnCOy

— CIUDAD (@reformaciudad) September 20, 2017

Rescuers sing the popular song “Cielito lindo” with a chorus of “canta y no llores,” which means “sing and don’t cry.”

In Mexico people sing, "Canta y no llores," Sing and don't cry, as they help to rescue their neighbors. Viva Mexico! 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/3ljXsGg39u

— Julissa Arce (@julissaarce) September 20, 2017

Rescuers gesture for silence, trying to hear survivors beneath the rubble:

Silencio... rescatistas sospechan que hay un sobreviviente en el edificio derrumbado en Ámsterdam, Hipódromo

📹: Paola Ramos pic.twitter.com/qEpkVyuLif

— CIUDAD (@reformaciudad) September 20, 2017

Citizens move concrete to find survivors:

Ciudadanos unen fuerzas para tratar de salvar a quienes están atrapados bajo los escombros que dejó el sismo

📹 Alberto Neri pic.twitter.com/Sdj3rSmVC5

— CIUDAD (@reformaciudad) September 20, 2017

Volunteers helping in Condesa:

Tons of volunteers out helping with rescue efforts in Condesa in Mexico City pic.twitter.com/zWY1My5Xcj

— N. Parish Flannery (@NathanielParish) September 20, 2017

Rescuers look for survivors in collapsed apartment buildings:

Vecinos y rescatistas buscan personas atrapadas en estos edificios sobre Coquimbo, en Lindavista #sismo
📹 Israel Ortega pic.twitter.com/FDDhv28r4l

— CIUDAD (@reformaciudad) September 19, 2017

Volunteers pass supplies to survivors of a collapsed building:

La ayuda fluye en Torreón y Viaducto, donde siete personas han sido rescatadas tras colapso de edificiohttps://t.co/xz9E6K2m5h pic.twitter.com/SEY7NDYOym

— CIUDAD (@reformaciudad) September 20, 2017

Citizens carry survivors from the wreckage:

Amazing show of teamwork and unity during Mexico’s earthquake rescue efforts. pic.twitter.com/ZQCl0xISaK

— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) September 20, 2017

Children at a collapsed school are rescued from the rubble:

Heartbreaking children being rescue from the rubble - school collapsed #MexicoQuake #FuerzaMexico pic.twitter.com/MtC529ZDqX

— Al K (@AlKotero) September 20, 2017

Baby born outside of a hospital moments after the earthquake hit:

Bebé nace en medio de escombros tras el terremoto en un hospital en Morelos, México, y en redes la bautizan como "El ángel de Morelos". pic.twitter.com/VrWrAeJZvn

— Univision Noticias (@UniNoticias) September 20, 2017

Citizens helping each other:

Citizens help each other after the #earthquake in #México City. As it happen in 1985 #sismo #FuerzaMéxico #MEXICO pic.twitter.com/4jcFTCWoRZ

— C-Store News (@CStoreNews_) September 20, 2017

Citizens pulling people from the rubble:

Señor Trump has no clue about the Mexican people.#Sismo #FuerzaMexico #Earthquake #Terremotomexico #MexicoUnido pic.twitter.com/ee1sjxSLr7

— ((((Hawks)))) (@rhollister57) September 20, 2017

Citizens rescue a dog from the rubble:

Dog rescue #MexicoQuake 🐕‍🚒 pic.twitter.com/mIHCAkJRBB

— SharkieQ 検索と破棄 ! (@sharkieQ) September 19, 2017

Citizens form a human chain to rescue survivors:

Volunteers form giant human chain to rescue victims trapped after Mexico earthquake https://t.co/7EPxWQyoiL pic.twitter.com/j04B6txPkV

— The Independent (@Independent) September 20, 2017

Will President Trump send aid to Mexico City?

President Trump has remained silent about sending aid to Mexico City beyond a message on Twitter stating, “We are with you and will be there for you.” What that entails is currently unclear.

God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2017

Meanwhile, groups in the U.S. and abroad are stepping up to help Mexico City:

In Los Angeles County, the Urban Search and Rescue team is preparing to head to Mexico if they're called https://t.co/DgqgjfMlyq pic.twitter.com/Aa0BO142n7

— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) September 20, 2017

Israel stands with the people of #Mexico following the devastating #MexicoQuake, our team is on the way with necessary aid.🇮🇱🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/GgnwknEUxx

— Yuval Rotem 🇮🇱 (@Yuval_Rotem) September 20, 2017

The IAF & Home Front Command #aid mission to earthquake-stricken #Mexico has taken off from Nevatim AFB pic.twitter.com/2UnLELPsXx

— Israeli Air Force (@IAFsite) September 20, 2017

How to help affected citizens in Mexico

When disaster strikes, it’s common to feel helpless. But, as an international community brought together by the power of the internet, we have the power to help — right now. Here are a few ways you can send some much-needed support to our brothers and sisters in Mexico.

The following organizations are accepting donations for the earthquake:

You can also donate to Brigada de Rescate Topos, a group of volunteers that help with disaster relief. If you’d like to donate on Amazon or send over supplies, check out this wish list. Some of the needed items include flashlights, diapers, shampoo, baby food, gauze, toilet paper, razors and more. If you’re in Mexico, you can find donation collection centers here.

If you have information about someone affected by the quake, or you’re looking for someone, use Google’s People Finder here or review the names of those who have been rescued on this live Google Doc.

-- Hilary Lebow