Earthquake in Mexico (February 16, 2018)

We were just sitting down for dinner-we did not even have menus yet when I heard a faint siren noise. We were inside a mall, so I did not really think much about it–perhaps someone was trying to steal something?

I suddenly saw the few tables behind Greg completely panicking. A few people were already crying, and it was complete commotion. I instantly knew what was happening. While I wished that dreaded, faint siren was merely someone stealing something, it was actually the earthquake alarm system.

We rushed outside as quickly as possible. We were on the Reforma, so we got into the middle of the wide street. It was strangely silent. Several people were crying, embracing each other, while everyone just stared upwards towards the buildings. I barely felt any movement and wondered if the earthquake was already over or yet to come. When I looked at people in front of us, I noticed everyone’s body was swaying. I felt sick. I knew that if their bodies were swaying, ours were too. I glanced in the trees and could see movement in the large branches.

For the first time in Mexico City, we heard complete silence. No movement. No cars. No honking. No one was speaking. In the past, we wished for the city to be a bit ore quiet, but I will NEVER wish for the city to be more quiet again. For 9 million people in the city, it should never be this quiet.

Here is our video of the earthquake. It is raw and it is emotional. I have trouble watching it and watching myself in a moment of total panic. We plan to donate all of the ad revenue earned from this video to an organization that helps with earthquake relief efforts.

As for me and my sheer panic–I cannot explain. I cannot explain the faces of the hundreds of thousands of people on the Reforma with us. Many were crying, hugging, and panicking. I cannot imagine their feelings after having been here in September 2017 at a minimum, and some of them in September 1985 as well. For those of you who have never experienced an earthquake-I hope that you never will. The feeling of helplessness, insecurity, and complete chaotic silence is nothing short of disturbing and I am so thankful there was no major damage or injuries here in the city.

Thank you for all of your virtual hugs, thoughts, and positivity. I’m going to work on my crisis management skills now because…wow, poor Greg was so kind and patient with me!

Keep it Kinetic,

Hillary

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