Message regarding the earthquake that hit Mexico on September 19th, 2017

Updated 13:00 - 20/09/17

Mexico experienced yesterday a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that caused damages in the central and southern parts of the country. The earthquake hit at 1:14 p.m. and was centred in the state of Puebla, 123 kilometers south of Mexico City. This earthquake happened less than two weeks apart from the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that affected the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca.  

Despite the many preventive measures that Mexico has implemented over the last three decades, yesterday’s tragic events have resulted in (as of 13:00 20/09/17) close 225 human casualties, many injured, and extensive material damage in Mexico City and in the states of Morelos, Guerrero, Puebla, Veracruz and Mexico. 44 structures collapsed in Mexico City alone.

At this juncture, the federal government of Mexico has activated the disaster relieve protocol called Plan MX that coordinates all federal efforts to aid the population in case of emergencies. Mexican armed forces have been assisting the population in coordination with other disaster relief institutions and the governments of Mexico City, Morelos, Guerrero, Puebla, Veracruz, and Mexico. Furthermore, participation of civil society and private entities has been crucial to advance the rescue efforts in Mexico.

The number one priority in this moment is to rescue those who might still be trapped in the rubble and to give medical attention to the injured. All state run medical services have been instructed to give attention to all the population in need no matter their system affiliation.  As a preventive measure in light of possible aftershocks, schools in 10 states have suspended their activities. An assessment effort will commence today to evaluate critical damage in infrastructure and other buildings.

The government of Mexico has opened more than 40 shelters to house the affected population. The Federal Electricity Comisión is working hard to re-establish power in the areas that have been affected. Currently, electric power in 92% of the affected areas has been re-established. All emergency and relieve assistance institutions and personnel are working non-stop in the rescue operations.

It is worth mentioning that the President of Mexico has instructed aid personnel to continue providing support and assistance to the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, entities that were affected by the 7th of September earthquake.

The Embassy and Consulates of Mexico in Canada are very appreciative of the support and condolences it has received in these difficult moments. Our hearts go out to those who have lost a family member or a loved one. We continue to be grateful for the solidarity and generosity showed by the people of Canada, as well as by Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Freeland and the Government of Canada. Those who are interested in contributing to the effort may do so by donating to the Mexican Red Cross. (In the red hand side of the website click on the “Dona Ahora” button and follow instructions)

Expressions of solidarity and concern encourage us to redouble our efforts. We have no doubt that Mexico will come out of this tragic episode more resilient, stronger and united than ever.

We will keep informing on the situation as it develops.