San Diegans return home after surviving Mexico City earthquake

Posted at 4:42 PM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 19:42:57-04

Families still returning home to San Diego after surviving the deadly earthquake in Mexico City.

Jorge Jiron and his wife are back in the US after nearly 24 hours of chaos. 

"when it hit it started shaking real bad," he said. 

He was in a building that sits on the side of a canyon nearly 12 floors up. Suddenly, everything started to move. 

"\We were close to the exit, on your way out it is shaking hard but you're really paying attention to everybody and their instructions to get out," said Jiron. "Then, that's when you realize everything is shaking, the windows are shaking the hard, the electric poles are really moving, then you see people that are nervous."

The 7.1 magnitude quake was crumbling buildings, shattering windows and sending debris flying through the air. 

"You're walking you're moving, so you don't realize how bad it is until you're actually standing in one place and you see everything moving around you. When you realize it's already stopped, it takes seconds."

They were supposed to fly back to the US Tuesday night, but there was no way out. 

"The main road that goes to the airport was completely packed with cars. A 30-minute drive would have been 5 or 6 hours," said Jiron. 

While the tremors are over the clean up continues. 

"This morning we drove through a couple places where they were trying to figure out how to get people out of buildings."

But, in the aftermath of disaster there are always those who help.

"Today it looked normal, until you get close to the areas where they're excavating and using hundreds of people helping," said Jiron. Most of the Mexican people right away in the middle of the night were driving with supplies, water food kids, things for children, everybody came together very nicely."