Local families trying to reach loved ones in Mexico

NOW: Local families trying to reach loved ones in Mexico

In the wake of the quake that shook Mexico Tuesday, folks in Michiana are frantically searching for family members.

The death toll continues to rise.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, CNN reported that 149 are dead.

ABC News reports that at least 70 were hospitalized with injuries in the capital.

Family of one of ABC 57’s reporters sent in shocking video of a building in Mexico City collapsing before their very eyes. (Click above to see it.)

Luckily, they all escaped with their lives, but folks in Michiana are afraid their family might not be so lucky.

“We see too many houses downed like a building, and I hope they’re okay. We believe in Jesus, and we are praying all the time right now,” said Delia Vazquez.

Delia Vazquez and her son, George, live in Elkhart, but they say they have a lot of family in Mexico.

“…especially on Morelos and Puebla, and your grandma. He has a grandma on Puebla, Mexico, and we tried to call too many times, and the line is dying. Nobody answered, any call right now, and we are worried,” said Delia.

“It’s kind of sad that we don’t get to see them, since the line isn’t working, so we can’t contact them. We’re not sure if they’re safe or what’s happening,” said her son, George.

What they know happened is a magnitude—7.1 earthquake hit Mexico Tuesday about 75 miles away from the capital, Mexico City, and 34 miles away from the city of Puebla, according to CNN.

That’s where George Vazquez’s grandma lives.

“We are feeling sad, because we don’t receive any news from my family there,” said Delia. “I think so everybody now we need to stay together. ON this moment, Mexico needs a lot of prayers people.”

This earthquake struck on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed thousands of Mexicans.

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