- Posted September 29, 2010 by
Mexico City, Mexico
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CNN30: Mexico City earthquake
Mexico City earthquake
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
I was teaching in the famous Zona Rosa. We were in the middle of final exams.The violent shaking started and the students and I were unable to stand up and leave the room. We continued the exam once the shaking subsided. However nobody showed up to take the next exam. I decided to walk to my apartment about 10 blocks away....realizing then the destruction that was all around me. I found my 4 story apartment building crushed by an 11 story hotel. Hundreds of people died in the hotel along with all of my apartment building neighbors.
In the following days, a friend who was working for the national oil company comandeered a huge crane to where my apartment once stood and rescued my piano from atop the ruins... gently guiding the piano, now all tied up with hoses from the fire department, to an unlittered spot in the street. When the piano was placed on the street the hoses broke but hundreds of people who were witnessing the rescue of the piano broke into applause.
1: The next door hotel fell like a deck of cards onto my apartment building
2: The building across the street using the same crane to remove concrete blocks
3: We got close to the ruins and did find pictures and broken art works
4: The view of my apartment with the hotel on top from an adjacent undamaged building
5: The piano had already been removed from atop the rubble! You can still see the art work on the walls of the apartment
6: Neighboring buildings
7: Being interviewed by a local news station....I was also interviewed on Friday Sept 20 by the KPIX news team from San Francisco. My parents had no word from me for three days and on Sept 22 ( I believe) they saw me on the news in San Francisco to know that I was still alive. The KPIX news team found me in front of the American Embassy where I had gone hoping that they would help me contact my parents.
8: People leaving the scene of the piano rescue...all wearing masks to protect us from the "death dust"....