Americas Remembering '85, Mexico City public leaps into quake rescue

On Tuesday, the capital held drills for the anniversary of its 1985 earthquake. Hours later, alarms went off again – but not for a drill. 'We've learned to jump in and help instead of waiting,' says a volunteer, one of many who rushed to help.

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Baruch García stood at an intersection Tuesday afternoon after a deadly earthquake, trying to direct traffic away from a road cutting through La Condesa’s lush Parque México. On the other side of the park, hundreds of volunteers – from a young boy in a yellow soccer uniform, to a woman in slacks and ballet flats, and a man wearing an apron from a nearby café – lined the street for blocks, helping to remove rubble from an eight-story collapsed building with an unknown number of people buried inside.