Mexico is just beginning to tally the damage caused by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook central Mexico, including the capital as well as the states of Morelos and Puebla, on September 19.
The quake occurred exactly 32 years after a disastrous 1985 earthquake that took hundreds of lives and left its mark on the capital and its residents. The death toll hasrisen to 248 and is expected to rise further, yet the devastation has mobilized solidarity, drive, and creativity among residents, both Mexican and international.
Teams have quickly organized various rescue missions, zone-mapping, observation and information-sharing to assist the wounded, taking front stage both on and off social media. Online networks have acted as critical communication hubs in moments when misinformation or missed connections have hindered rescue services.
Recent Twitter posts reveal the ways in which everyday citizens have made an effort to support those in crisis: