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After earthquake, Berks man worried about family in Mexico

'It was very difficult to get through'

READING, Pa. - A man from Berks County is in anguish after seeing pictures of the catastrophe in Mexico City.

Gil Solis said he had some agonizing moments after Tuesday's earthquake as he tried to reach his loved ones in the region.

"I couldn't get through. It was very difficult to get through," Solis said. "I could understand why. I bet everyone was trying to call at that time."

Fortunately, when he did get through, he learned his loved ones were not badly hurt.

Solis has a brother, aunts, and cousins in Mexico City. He said his brother was going down the stairs as the earthquake began -- and fell.

"He sprained his ankle and he has black and blue on his ribs, but he said at that moment he didn't even realize he was in pain because he immediately thought about his daughter, who was in school at time time," Solis said.

Solis' niece was OK but, sadly, that's not the case for 21 children found dead at another school in the city.

"Even though you feel grateful for your own [family], you're definitely feeling for other families also," Solis said.

Mexican authorities report at least 230 people have died, not only in Mexico City but also in four  nearby states.


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