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Mexico holds a minute of silence in memory of September earthquake victims

Mexico City, Mexico — A minute of silence was held this morning in Mexico City in memory of the September 19 earthquake victims.

The president left the National Palace for the flagpole of the capital’s Zócalo, accompanied by officials who hoisted the National Flag to half mast for those who lost their lives during the September 2017 and 1985 earthquakes.

Thousands gathered in the square along with heads of government to pay tribute to the hundreds who lost their lives with a moment of silence.

“We had to react very quickly and that is what we did,” said the National Coordinator of Civil Protection of the Ministry of the Interior, Luis Felipe Puente, recalling the presidential instruction to activate the National Committee of Emergencies to coordinate response protocols at national and local levels.

The 2107 earthquake resulted in 69 being rescued alive. The quake was measured 57 kilometers deep, 12 kilometers southeast of Axochiapan, Morelos on the border with the state of Puebla.

The 7.1 magnitude quake of 2017 killed 369. Repairs of homes, schools, businesses and lives in general continue one year after the killer quake.