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Mexico Has Been Devastated by Earthquakes Before. This Time it Was Ready.

As if the Americas weren’t taking enough of a beating from nature this week, Mexico was hit late Thursday night with a magnitude 8.2 earthquake. At least 32 people were killed and damage is likely to be severe in the southern state of Oaxaca and Chiapas. And yet, the damage seems relatively limited. Earthquake-prone Mexico City—the largest city in the western hemisphere—certainly felt the impact, as this video of the famous Ángel de la Independencia monument shows, but the damage was not extensive: This is fairly remarkable given that 32 years ago, a slightly less powerful 8.
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