Sarahi Elercon woke up from a nap to a real life nightmare.
Elercon said she awoke Tuesday to a series of messages and videos about the earthquake that struck her home country of Mexico Tuesday, killing at least 225 people.
“I was devastated. I was thinking of my family in Mexico,” Elercon said.
Elercon moved to Gull Lake seven years ago from her hometown of Puerto de la Cruz. She has family living in Mexico City, not far from the centre of the earthquake.
“I tried to contact my family and (they) don’t answer the phone,” she said Wednesday. “I was anxious to see what happened, talk to my family because I don’t know today what’s OK.”
Fortunately for Elercon, she was able to reach her family Wednesday morning. She said they are physically alright, but scared another earthquake might happen.
As for Elercon, she said it is devastating to watch footage of the aftermath of the powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake and the efforts of people trying to save others from the devastation.
“I see this and I cry. I cry every time,” she said. “I feel bad. I want to be there with my family and I want to be there for my country. It’s hard to be so far away and you can’t do anything.”
— CNN (@CNN) September 20, 2017
— With files from Britton Gray