Construction site site in Mexico City damaged by earthquake
Tampico, Mexico – Construction crews were working late on Tuesday to finish a new road to help rebuild a former factory site where a devastating earthquake killed at least 43 people in December.
The earthquake on Dec. 5 killed more than a dozen people, including a baby boy and a pregnant woman.
The quake’s epicenter was about 1,000 meters (3,100 feet) from the site where workers had been building a highway linking the southern state of Tamaulipas with Mexico City.
In the days following the quake, workers were rebuilding the site with concrete slabs and rebar.
But as the temblors continued, the site was abandoned, according to Carlos Alberto Rios, the director of construction at El Barrio de Tampiaco, a company that manages the site.
The state government said it would continue to pay construction workers until Dec. 31.
The site has been left to rot in ruins, but construction workers are trying to keep it in order by installing concrete slates to protect the foundations.
Rios said that in addition to the roads, the state is also restoring the factory building that was destroyed by the quake and repairing the water line and other infrastructure.
Rio said the quake was felt as far away as Guatemala, where residents reported being hit by shrapnel.
He said that many of the buildings had to be demolished.
Aerial view of Tampicaca, Mexico, where the quake occurred.
A construction worker checks the damaged site of a highway connecting the southern Mexican state of Chiapas to the city of Tepicaca in Tampisco, Mexico December 8, 2017.