Alejandra Castellanos was on the second floor of a hotel in a central Mexico City neighbourhood and ran down the stairs and outside with her husband.
But Automotive News suggests that Mexico is much more capable of handling natural disasters of such magnitude now than it was 32 years ago, the unscathed status of the country's auto industry standing as a testament to the modernization of its economy. It was powerful enough to once again send residents running into the streets.
More than 44,000 schools in six states were due to reopen Monday, but only 103 in Mexico City - just 1 percent of its schools - were set to resume classes after they were certified as structurally safe, Reuters reported.
More than 400 fatalities have been caused by the two September quakes.
Improbably, it hit just two hours after an annual quake drill, turning Mexico City's most seismically unstable neighborhoods into something out of a post-apocalyptic movie.
Across the city, 69 people were pulled alive from the wreckage in the first days.
Mexico's capital was shattered by last Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 quake that flattened dozens of buildings and killed at least 307 people.
The Sunday afternoon evacuation was carried out because the pile of rubble shifted.
The building is one of a dwindling number of collapse sites where crews still have hopes of finding people alive.
The latest death toll stands at 326 people - 187 of them in Mexico City.
On Thursday, Pena Nieto said search and rescue efforts in Mexico City were ongoing at 38 buildings damaged from Tuesday's massive quake.
"I have never seen such a warm country, such a warm people", said Col. Gili "People are saying all the time "thank you" and the people themselves are really trying to help, digging with whatever they can. and taking care of the people who do not have anything".
Japanese rescue workers reach the dog in a collapsed building where the search of victims continues, in Mexico City.
Specialists have fanned out to inspect buildings and determine which are unsafe after Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 natural disaster, which has killed at least 318.
Death toll of the September 19 quake in Mexico has increased to 305, official sources confirmed.
After almost a week of eerie quiet in the sprawling city of 20 million people, the capital's notorious traffic jams were starting to appear again.
The rest of the deaths occurred in the states of Morelos, Puebla, Mexico, Guerrero and Oaxaca.
"The Mexico City mayor and the national government have already ordered judicial investigations to determine who was responsible for new construction that did not meet the requirements", Puente said from Civil Protection headquarters, where a roomful of technicians monitored seismic activity and tropical storms on an array of screens.