Corner of Bolívar and Chimalpopoca streets in Colonia Obrera where a textile factory collapsed in the September 19 earthquake. 16 people were rescued from the rubble but a further 21 died. Most of the victims were seamstresses including Central American and Taiwanese women.

There was some conflict after 3 days of search efforts between authorities and volunteers with the latter arguing that heavy machinery shouldn’t be brought in to clear rubble until it was verified that there wasn’t a basement in the building, where they believed more workers could have been trapped.

In the end the authorities got their way.


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Peter W Davies


    1. Not that I have heard. It was a common complaint at quite a few sites that the army wanted to bring in the heavy machinery before it was certain that all the people in the building had been accounted for but of course everyone in the government denied it.

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