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Montreal musician recounts devastation of Mexico City earthquake

Montreal-based rock band caught in Mexico City earthquake
WATCH ABOVE: Montreal's Light Bulb Alley was caught in Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City. Band member Myles Morin spoke to Global's Jamie Orchard about the earthquake and the aftermath.

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.

READ MORE: At least 230 people killed after major 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes near Mexico City

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.”

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A powerful earthquake destroyed parts of Mexico City's infrastructure
A powerful earthquake destroyed parts of Mexico City's infrastructure Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Myles Morin / Facebook
Rubble from buildings came crashing down on city streets
Rubble from buildings came crashing down on city streets Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Myles Morin / Facebook
Residents of Mexico City rallied alongside authorities to help in rescue efforts
Residents of Mexico City rallied alongside authorities to help in rescue efforts Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Myles Morin / Facebook
Light Bulb Alley was set to begin a series of five shows in Mexico City Wednesday night
Light Bulb Alley was set to begin a series of five shows in Mexico City Wednesday night, September 20, 2017. Light Bulb Alley / Facebook

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.

“But there’s always that fear of an aftershock, which can complicate things a lot.”

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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.