MEXICO CITY – Residents of the Mexican capital’s Hipodromo neighborhood fear that two towers damaged by the Sept. 19, magnitude-7.1 earthquake will collapse on their building and are demanding that a rigorous inspection be conducted.
The seven-story towers, which house a total of 28 apartments, do not appear to have sustained serious damage at first glance and “Don Cruz,” a security guard at that residential complex, told EFE that only false exterior walls were affected.
One of the complex’s residents also played down concerns, saying that foreigners are the ones who become frightened and leave, especially since they are merely renting the properties.
Cruz did not allow EFE access to the tower complex under orders from management, but residents of the adjacent building showed the damage they had sustained.
Alejandro Lopez said he was afraid that the tower that rests up against the patio wall of his building would collapse and cause a tragedy.
Lopez’s father, accountant Jose Lopez, said he knew residents of the towers but had not seen them recently.
“I suppose they went to other places. Now at night I only see two lights turned on,” he added.
The death toll from the earthquake has risen to more than 358, national Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said on Friday, noting that most of the fatalities – 217 – occurred in Mexico City.