Mexico's Earthquake hits home for several central Illinois families with relatives in the country

PEORIA, Ill. - Mexico's earthquake on Tuesday is hitting home for local families from the country.

"She called me right away, she was crying saying, 'Mom, just an earthquake, terrible, it was horrible.'" Catalina Drew, says.

The pictures and videos of chaos in Mexico after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked the country are hard for anyone to watch, but, especially for Drew, who was on the receiving end of these images.

"She said, 'Mom, I don't know what I'm gonna tell my daughters, I have to pick them up from school and I have to compose myself.'" Drew explains of her phone call.

Her daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren, friends, and other relatives live in Cuernavaca, Mexico, about 30 miles from the epicenter of the quake.

"I said, 'Calm down, cry, and tell them this is a tragedy, cry with them, cry together, you need to cry, you cannot pretend that nothing happened.'" Drew says.

A few minutes into Drew's phone call with her daughter, communication went down. Relatives were told not to call back to keep the lines open for those who still hadn't heard from their loved ones.

Diana Chappell's family lives in Puebla. Their town, now destroyed.

"I called my family right away, thank God everybody's good." Chappell says.

The earthquake was measured but its magnitude, but these relatives in Central Illinois are now measuring the gratitude they have that the pieces of their heart still in Mexico are alive.

"I know that they're okay, that they're safe." Drew says.

There is a Red Cross Amazon Wish List to collect supplies for the victims of the Mexico earthquake.



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