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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexicans held a minute of silence on Wednesday and performed an emergency earthquake drill to mark the one-year anniversary of devastating quakes that struck the country in September 2017, killing more than 450 people.
Mexicans stood silently in the street with their fists raised aloft just after 1:14 p.m. local time (1814), the moment a quake struck the capital city and surrounding states on Sept. 19 last year.
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Quake rescue workers had used the gesture to request quiet as they listened for signs of life below the rubble of fallen buildings.
Just over a minute later, authorities activated quake alarms in Mexico City and office workers began carrying out practice runs for emergency evacuations of buildings. The timing of the drill brought back traumatic memories for many city residents, including children who were at school when the quake struck.
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