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Mexico’s strongest earthquake in 100 years has claimed at least 35 lives and leveled buildings in several southern states, but it didn’t stop Mexican pop singer Alejandro Fernandez from finishing a Thursday night concert in Mexico City.
A video posted on Mexico’s El Universal website shows Fernandez, son of ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez, belting out the final song of a set at the National Auditorium when speakers high above the stage begin to sway. Some concertgoers can be seen heading for the exits, but many remained behind for the final minutes of the mariachi piece.
Many Mexico City residents still remember a terrifying 1985 quake that killed an estimated 10,000 people in the nation’s capital. Thursday night’s earthquake was actually stronger than the devastating ’85 quake, but fortunately it did far less damage in Mexico City this time around. No deaths have been reported in the capital, which lies 650 miles from the epicenter, off the coast of Chiapas.
In a Friday Twitter post, Fernandez, who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, called on Mexicans to come together in the earthquake’s aftermath as the death toll rises and reports of severe structural damage come out of the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca.
Other Mexican celebrities, such as Salma Hayek and Gael Garcia Bernal, took to Twitter Friday to show their support for folks in the affected areas.
The Oaxaca Film Festival, slated to bow in early October, is collecting donations for the earthquake’s victims.
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