Minutes after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Mexicans took to the streets. 1
They put aside their shock and fear and started helping their fellow Mexicans.
Hundreds of people organized in Mexico to gather supplies. 2
NGOs organized, via social media, a network of collection centers to receive donations in parks and other public spaces.
Thousands more have donated basic products. 3
Photos of people making sandwiches, putting together bags with basic hygiene products, and donating clothes and blankets were everywhere on social media.
Everyone is respecting this request for silence & it's incredible. 5
When rescue workers raise their hands, like you can see in this photo, everyone must be quiet. It means a person, a rescue dog or some equipment needs silence to try to hear survivors. It's a powerful gesture that in itself symbolizes to much.
Many have volunteered to dig people out. 6
These volunteers are even putting their own lives at risk.
The love for pets and rescue dogs has been moving. 7
In this pic are the stars of the canine rescue team. The dog in the middle, Frida, has been credited with helping rescue more than 50 people that were trapped under the rubble.
Everyone is helping the best way they can. 8
Mexican singer Gloria Trevi, for instance, is offering to take photos with anyone who donates $100 to the reconstruction efforts.
Puerto Rican stars like Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam, ex NY Yankee Jorge Posada and NBA star Juan Barea have started to raise money to help both countries as well.
There is not enough information about what's going on in Puerto Rico. 9
But we know the devastation will be staggering. The few images that have come in from the island, where there is a massive power outage, are frightening, but also inspiring. People are helping people.