Photo Walk Nº51 – Coyoacán… and a powerful earthquake


Photographing the bright colors of Coyoacán…. and being shaken by a powerful earthquake

Our photo walk around the neighborhood of Coyoacán started at the Fuente de los Coyotes and then we made our way along the back streets to shoot some colorful street art. Our next stop was at the leafy Plaza de la Conchita  where one of the oldest churches stands in the middle of this peaceful square. After photographing the façade, the cobblestones and some reflections in nearby puddles, we walked to the bright pink and blue Hacienda de Cortés. Not only did we get to take photos of the gardens but we were offered a peek inside one of the events halls complete with chandeliers and paintings lining the walls.

We wandered back to the main square and went on to the Mercado de Coyoacán, where we talked with the locals, tasted food, ate some delicious tostadas and  stopped at some of the many food and crafts stands, after which we made our way back to the square dominated by the Iglesia San Juan Bautista.

32 years ago, in 1985, on this exact day a strong earthquake rocked the city causing many buildings to collapse and the death of over 10,000 people. For the past few years, there has been a mega-earthquake drill at 11 am on 19th September involving most of the city when people are reminded what to do in the event of an earthquake. I had warned the group about this and told them some facts about the tragic 1985 earthquake and we were near the Hacienda de Cortés when the alarm for the drill went off. Little did we realize that a couple of hours later, at 1.14 pm, a real 7.1 magnitude earthquake would shake us up. It was a powerful one and very scary. The top part of the church cracked off and fell to the ground in the main square and people ran outside of the buildings and stopped their cars while all over the city buildings collapsed. Thankfully none of the group was hurt and we all made it back to our houses.

This is one photo walk we will never forget since it included a rather unexpected shaky end. 

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