9/25/2017 The New York Times
Phantom earthquakes strike in the middle of the night, forcing the dreamers out of bed and into a state of panic. Others, their bodies running on five days of adrenaline, find sleeping and even eating impossible. False news reports ricochet through social media, fueled by fear.
While Mexico City’s physical recovery following last Tuesday’s earthquake is well underway, as streets and businesses open and the heaving rhythm of the capital returns, the mental recovery is only just starting. A manic dread hangs over the city as people wrestle with the lost comforts they once enjoyed in their neighborhoods and, more broadly, their lives.
There are reminders everywhere: buildings buckling, floes of concrete and brick spilling across sidewalks, familiar streets bifurcated by strands of red and yellow emergency tape and patrolled by soldiers in uniform. Service tents brim with volunteers, looking for ways to help, to turn angst into action.