SAN JOSE — Rafaela Flores arrived at Our Woman of Guadalupe church early Saturday with a small amount of money in hand. She had come to ship a donation to the victims of Tuesday’s lethal earthquake in Mexico.
Like many anxious parishioners, the forty eight-yr-previous Flores is worried concerning the security of family members in her homeland, lots of whom worry extra earthquakes could also be on the horizon. Additionally painful is the truth that she’s so distant from those that have been affected, Flores stated.
Her household lives about two hours from the small city of Jojutla within the state of Morelo, the place no less than seventy three
individuals died. A hill on the verge of collapsing might pressure her household to evacuate, in response to Flores.
“You stroll round questioning what’s going to occur subsequent. It makes you so nervous,” she stated in Spanish. “You are feeling a way of helplessness since you want you might be there serving to individuals.”
Our Woman of Guadalupe, which is on East San Antonio Road in East San Jose, remained opened 24 hours Thursday by means of Saturday in order that parishioners might cease by at any time to wish. The church can also be accumulating donations to be despatched to Mexico.
The 7.1-magnitude quake struck close to Mexico Metropolis, killing greater than 300 individuals. As rescue groups proceed to look via the rubble — the place many are nonetheless believed to be trapped inside — the demise toll continues to rise.
On Saturday, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico, leaving many to marvel if the nation continues to be vulnerable to additional devastation.
“It’s distressing,” stated 60-yr-previous Maria Montejano, of San Jose, as she bought fruits and Mexican treats from a cart outdoors the church. “On this case we have now our arms tied as a result of we will’t be there with the victims. However we’re with them financially and thru prayer.”
Montejano, whose household lives within the state of Michoacán, stated a sister informed her that they’ve skilled a number of tremors since Tuesday’s quake.
“What else can we do aside from pray and assist a bit?” she added.
José Traslavina, who was raised in San Jose and now lives in Los Baños, stated relations within the northern state of Sonora are “spooked.”
“They’re scared, you recognize,” he stated. “They’re simply type of nervous.”