On Tuesday September 19th, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake stroke Mexico leaving at least 274 dead and hundreds injured. The disaster occurred on the 32nd anniversary of Mexico's deadliest quake. The more than 21 million inhabitants of Mexico City and surrounding areas felt the earth shake violently and witnessed buildings crumbling to the ground, masonry tumbling onto streets, street lamps crushing cars and people. The earthquake also appeared to have triggered an eruption of Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano.
This event occurred only two weeks after another earthquake of magnitude 8.2 shook our country killing 90 people and leaving many homeless and in fear. Today, Mexico is facing a national emergency, thousands of soldiers, rescuers and civilians are working side by side to dig through rubble from dozens of crumbled buildings. The overall death toll is expected to continue rising as emergency crews and improvised citizen brigades combed through rubble.
The Mexican PhD Biology Students of the University of Bristol urge you to make a donation to help relief the victims of this natural disaster. We will join forces with registered NGO’s and local groups to help our country in this time of need. All your donations will be used to purchase medicines, rebuild houses, and ensure resources reach the most remote communities. Please consider donating your lunch money or that happy hour drink for a good cause!
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