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Gamer flees Mexico City earthquake while live on Twitch

He's urging followers to help out in any way they can.


Samantha Reichstein

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 20, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:49 pm CDT

Mexico City’s massive 7.1 earthquake that hit Tuesday was caught on camera through a livestream on the popular gaming site, Twitch.

In the viral clip, which spiked on Reddit Wednesday morning, user @sterdekietwitch can be seen in the top right corner fleeing the scene moments after he feels his apartment shake, grabbing his gray-and-black pup before exiting the screen.

“Oh shit! Earthquake dudes!” the user said, quickly removing his headphones and haphazardly leaving the room.

He then took to Twitter and Twitch to keep followers informed on his (and the dog’s) safety.

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The Daily Dot checked in with @sterdekietwitch Wednesday morning to recall his accounts and find out his next steps.

“After running to a safe area with the pup, I spent the next hour or so trying to contact friends and family, but the networks were down,” he told the Dot via Twitter DM. “I eventually got back to my apartment around midnight to find that my power had just come on, and that was the first time I was able to be sure that the building appears to be in decent shape.”

As for the popularity of his livestream, @sterdekietwitch isn’t sure what to think of it.

“I am a small-time twitch streamer… usually only (reaching) 30-40 viewers, and last night when I got home it had around 4000 views and I could not believe it. One of my viewers had uploaded it to reddit and it took off overnight,” he said.

While users have commented asking if @sterdekietwitch needs any financial support, he wants others to know how they can help Mexico City, particularly those less fortunate than himself.

“The death toll is tragic but those aren’t the only people who are suffering,” he said.  “A lot of buildings may not have gone down but are structurally unsound and not safe to live in and will have to be demolished leaving countless families homeless.”

The Tennessee native considers Mexico City his adopted home, and is using this time to help out in any way he can.

The gamer also recorded an update video for his Twitch community, recalling personal accounts and answering questions and concerns from followers.

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*First Published: Sep 20, 2017, 12:26 pm CDT