Montreal-based Light Bulb Alley was set to begin a series of five shows in Mexico City until a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook the city Tuesday.
Band member Myles Morin spoke to Global’s Jamie Orchard about being caught in the earthquake and how Mexican people joined rescue efforts during the aftermath.
Morin was in a park in Mexico City’s Roma district when the devastating earthquake struck.
“I was out in the park when the earthquake hit, and you could really feel the earth going up and down under your feet which was really strange,” recounted Morin.
“The side of a building just came right down. We could smell gas, gas leaks were everywhere, everyone was trying to get away from the gas leaks.”
Despite having their series of shows cancelled, the band did not leave but stayed to help with search and rescue efforts.
“We figure it’s best to stay put until things calm down a bit,” said Morin.
Morin described how residents rallied together with rescue efforts; from using pickaxes and shovels to dig out rubble to lines of people handing out supplies to families in need.
Light Bulb Alley helped out by buying water bottles to donate to search team efforts.