Mexico reminisces about 1985 earthquake

  • A fire ravages a building in Mexico City in the aftermath of the 8.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico's capital on September 19, 1985. DAVID WALTERS / MIAMI HERALD FILE PHOTO

  • A view of the Nuevo Leon apartment building which collapsed in the massive earthquake on Sept. 19, 1985, in Mexico City. Mexico City's skyline is soaring and the visible scars are finally fading as the capital marks the 20th anniversary Monday of the massive 1985 earthquake that killed at least 9,500 people and leveled whole sections of the city. JESUS VILLASECA / AP PHOTO

  • People join hands around the Regis Hotel which collapsed in the massive earthquake on Sept. 19, 1985, in Mexico City. Mexico City is marking the 20th anniversary of the massive 1985 earthquake that killed at least 9,500 people as it leveled whole sections of the city. JESUS VILLASECA / AP PHOTO

  • Maria de la Luz Zamora, 36, stands inside her home in Mexico City's Centro Historico. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Felipe Lembrino, 64, shows off pictures of the construction of his house inside his home in the Colonia Guerrero in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Mario Puga, right, a Tepito neighbor and cultural promoter, reminisces about the 1985 earthquake while his partner, Enrique Hernandez, left, interrupts him during an interview in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Felipe Lembrino, 64, stands outside his home in the Colonia Guerrero in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Alejandra Pacheco Hernandez, right, 60, and Maria de la Luz Ortega, 55, talk about the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City's colonia Roma. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Felipe Lembrino, 64, sits at his home in the Colonia Guerrero in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Felipe Lembrino, 64, his wife Flavia Tavera, 62, and his son Josue Lembrino, 31, stand next to their kitchen in his home in the Colonia Guerrero in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Francisco Saucedo, president of Servicios, Desarrollo Social y Cultural association, talks about the neighbors associations during 1985 earthquake in Mexico. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Mario Puga, a Tepito neighbor and cultural promoter, reminisces about the 1985 earthquake during an interview in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Javier Roberto Luna, 57, reminisces about the 1985 earthquake outside his sewing machine repair shop in the Regina street in Mexico City's Centro Historico. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Alejandra Pacheco Hernandez, 60, shows off the interior of her home in Mexico City's colonia Roma. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Neighbors gather around during a community session in La Fortaleza housing project in the Tepito neighborhood in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Mario Puga, a Tepito neighbor and cultural promoter, remembers the 1985 earthquake during an interview in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Pedestrians walk by an abandoned building in the Regina street in Mexico City's Centro Historico. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Fernado Puga Pena, 62, reminisces about the 1985 earthquake while working in his printing store in Mexico City's Centro Historico. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Celso Garcia Lopez, a 1985 earthquake survivor, talks in his Mexico City's home. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Celso Garcia Lopez, a 1985 earthquake survivor, rides on his wheelchair outside his Mexico City home, while his son Johnnatan stands next to him. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Alejandra Pacheco Hernandez, 60, stands outside her home in Mexico City's colonia Roma. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Felipe Lembrino, 64, his wife Flavia Tavera, 62, and his son Josue;, 31, stand outside their home in the Colonia Guerrero in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Neighbors gather around during a community session in La Fortaleza housing project in the Tepito neighborhood in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Celso Garcia Lopez, a 1985 earthquake survivor, talks in his Mexico City home, while his son Johnnatan stands next to him. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Javier Roberto Luna, right, 57, reminisces about the 1985 earthquake outside his sewing machine repair shop in the Regina street in Mexico City's Centro Historico. Jorge Isaac Morett stands next to him. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Alejandra Pacheco Hernandez, 60, stands outside her home in Mexico City's colonia Roma. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Maria de la Luz Zamora, 36, stands inside her home in Mexico City's Centro Historico. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Adriana Zapett, 50, remembers the 1985 earthquake during an interview in her home in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Alejandra Pacheco Hernandez, 60, stands inside her home in Mexico City's colonia Roma. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Celso Garcia Lopez, a 1985 earthquake survivor sits in his car outisde his Mexico City home. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Adriana Zapett, 50, talks about the 1985 earthquake during an interview in her home in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez

  • Adriana Zapett, right, talks about the 1985 earthquake while her sister, Maria, looks on during an interview in their home in Mexico City. HERIBERTO RODRIGUEZ / Heriberto Rodriguez