As Mexico reels from a quake, social media takes on multiple roles

With a rising death toll and worries about aftershocks, online platforms show Mexicans’ resolve in rescuing trapped survivors and rebuilding. There was also a swipe at the U.S. president.

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A 7.1 magnitude earthquake has killed more than 200 in Mexico, the second quake it has faced in two weeks. Yet those helping with the relief effort appear united, even defiant, in images shared via online channels.

The Sept. 19 earthquake came on the 32nd anniversary of Mexico’s 1985 earthquake, which killed 10,000 people.

The first earthquake, just 12 days prior, registered an 8.1 on the Richter scale. Yet Mexicans appear undeterred by the string of misfortunes and have taken to social media to share images and video of their resolve to rebuild and carry on.

One user shows his countrymen helping with the relief effort:

This is my people. My country. Willing to help and ready to do so. 🇲🇽 #Sismo #FuerzaMéxico #MexicoCityearthquake #MexicoCity

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