A man from Cranbrook, who now calls Mexico City home, says they’re still recovering after this week’s deadly earthquake.
Kilbrai says it was a very distressing situation Tuesday when the massive 7.1 magnitude tremor leveled the country’s capital.
He and his wife were separated from their children who were at school.
Kilbrai almost chuckles about the situation now that everyone’s safe, but he says his children, aged 4 and 5, actually had a earthquake drill the day before, so they knew what to do.
Unfortunately, the building beside the school started to break apart and the children were trapped inside for a short time.
The Key City native says his kids are still processing exactly what happened and its been a difficult week for them.
Kilbrai says they may be fine but many of their friends’ family members are still trapped in the endless debris.
He explains its tough for them because they know their loved ones are still alive but cannot get to them.
Some of his co-workers and friends were in the taller buildings when the earthquake hit and thought the architecture was going to crumble before they got out.
He says they’re still traumatized from the experience.
Kilbrai is a pastor who works as a missionary along with his wife in Mexico City.
He has been there for nine years, she’s been there for 15.
Kilbrai says they’ve become used to earthquake but obviously never could have expected something like Tuesday’s disaster.
He admits, despite that, they won’t move from Mexico City.
The former pastor says the thought comes to their minds but it’s not realistic.
Kilbrai says they are there because there’s a need in Mexico City, and they, and their coworkers, have a calling to be there and help.
As of early Friday afternoon, officials estimate approximately 270 were dead due to devastating quake.
(Photos courtesy of Facebook//Rick Kilbrai)
– Full interview with Cranbrook native Rick Kilbrai, who now lives in Mexico City