Mexico remembers 2017 quakes, issues stamp for rescue dogs

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Rescuers take part in a homage during the commemoration of the first anniversary of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake of Sept. 19, 2017, at a building which collapsed after the earthquake, in number 286 of Alvaro Obregon avenue, in Mexico City on Sept. 19, 2018. Xinhua

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexicans held a minute of silence on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of devastating earthquakes that struck the country in September 2017, and the postal service honored three search-and-rescue dogs in a stamp.

More than 450 people were killed and tens of thousands of homes were damaged when the quakes hit Mexico 12 days apart.

Mexicans stood silently in the street with their fists raised aloft just after 1:14 pm (1814 GMT), the precise moment the second, deadlier quake struck the capital city and surrounding states on September 19 last year.

The Mexican postal service said in a statement it issued a 15 peso commemorative stamp for navy rescue dogs Frida, Evil and Ecko, showing them decked out in search goggles. All three worked to find trapped victims of both September quakes.

The Mexican navy said in July that Frida, a yellow Labrador, was a veteran of eight years of rescue operations extending from Haiti to Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico. In that time, she had found 12 people alive and 41 bodies, the navy said.

After a minute’s silence, authorities triggered quake alarms in Mexico City and office workers began filing out of buildings in a mock emergency evacuation.

The 7.1 magnitude quake hit central Mexico last year hours after a memorial evacuation drill. It killed 370 people, most of them in the capital. Tens of thousands of buildings were damaged, and dozens died as a school and offices collapsed.

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