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On the Sunday, Sept. 19, anniversary of Mexico’s deadly 1985 and 2017 earthquakes, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) raised the country’s flag in Mexico City’s Zócalo at half mast in honor of the natural disasters’ victims.

The 8.1 magnitude earthquake in 1985 left more than 20,000 dead, while the 2017 seismic shock resulted in 369 fatalities.

López Obrador was joined by members of the Army, National Guard, rescuers, cabinet officials, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum and directors of the Mexican Red Cross on the 36-year and four-year respective anniversaries of the events.

The honorific ceremony was accompanied by a seismic alarm drill, going out on 12,825 loudspeakers across Mexico City and eight other participating Mexican states at 11:30 a.m.

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