One month ago, on the afternoon of Sept. 19, a massive quake struck Mexico City and surrounding areas. That day, The World's Monica Campbell was in the Boston newsroom, far from her home and family in Mexico City. She watched footage of buildings collapse and waited as death tolls rose.
"I couldn't believe it," she says. "The quake struck 32 years to the day since the massive 1985 quake."
That time, at least 10,000 people died. Fewer people died this time — 369 people confirmed dead. And fewer buildings collapsed. Some say it was because the recent quake was weaker and that buildings codes have improved over the years. Or, maybe it was just plain luck.