SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – More than 100 people are dead after an earthquake in Central Mexico Tuesday. For those who live in Utah with ties to Mexico, it has been a day filled with worry.
“Shocking. I still don’t believe it,” said Gabriel Gil, who is from Mexico City but lives in Utah.
“I was trying to call my family, but all the lines went down,” added Gil.
Mexico City is roughly 75 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter, Raboso.
“My dad, actually he was really upset. He had a crisis. He couldn’t speak, started crying on the phone,” said Gil.
His father told Gil that Gil’s grandmother can’t be reached.
“Right now, I feel like I wanna go there and help the people, and it’s terrible, it’s terrible,” said Gil.
Mexico’s President says 27 buildings collapsed Tuesday in Mexico City, according to CNN.
Just hours before the quake, people had been honoring those who died in a devastating quake on the same day in 1985 — when thousands of people were killed.
An LDS church spokesperson released this statement:
“We are heartbroken to see the destruction and suffering that is occurring as a result of another serious earthquake in Mexico. At this time, it’s difficult to understand fully the impact, including to Church members and facilities. The Missionary Training Center in Mexico was not damaged, and the missionaries there are safe. There are several missions in this region, and mission presidents are working to determine the status of all missionaries. Some have reported that all are safe, while others are still assessing the situation. This is complicated by damaged communications systems, large distances, and travel difficulties. Mission presidents will keep families updated as they are able, and we will provide additional details as we learn more. We pray for their safety and invite others to join us in our prayers for Mexico and her people.”