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19 de Septembre de 1985

18 September 2009

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The actual number of deaths from the 1985 earthquake can never be determined. Estimates range from the official 10,000 casualties to as high as 40,000 deaths.

Several apartment buildings in the Tlatelolco complex simply pancaked. While several residents were pulled alive from the wreckage (and the rescue attempt led to the creation of one of the world’s best search and rescue units, the “Mole-men of Tlatelolco” the Brigade de Rescate Topos Tlateloloco) the rubble was eventually sodded over and is now a memorial park.

A baseball stadium, since torn down (there is a Liverpool department store on the site now) was turned into a temporary morgue.

(Photos: El Universal)

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