A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing more than 200 people, leveling buildings and knocking out power to millions.
The quake rattled the country’s capital, Mexico City, and came exactly 32 years after a devastating quake killed an estimated 9,500 people in and around the city in 1985.
Mexico is still recovering from a magnitude 8.1 quake that hit earlier this month off the country’s southern coast. That quake, which killed at least 61 people, was the strongest quake to hit the country in 100 years, according to President Enrique Peña Nieto.
About 50 million people felt the tremor ― including those living in Mexico City, hundreds of miles from the quake’s epicenter ― and nearly 2 million people lost power, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said. He offered his condolences to families of the deceased and warned more aftershocks could be yet to come.
In 1985, Mexico was struck by a devastating but less powerful earthquake, which claimed thousands of lives and injured tens of thousands of people.
“We have experienced earthquakes before, but not like this. It was so intense,” Chiapas resident Gonazalo Segundo, who was awoken by the disaster on Thursday, told CNN. “I was already in bed. I was in my place, so we were expecting to have a tranquil night but suddenly … everything breaks apart, glasses, furniture and everything.”
Meanwhile, Mexicans on the country’s east coast are bracing for another potential crisis. Hurricane Katia, a Category 2 storm, is expected to strike the Gulf Coast in the state of Veracruz on Saturday morning. It could strengthen to a Category 3 storm by landfall and cause extreme flooding, analysts warn.