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Earthquake in Mexico

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Type of Event:
Earthquake
Location of Event:
Mexico
Date of Charter Activation:
2017-09-20
Time of Charter Activation:
03:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR-UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA
Activation ID:
555
Project Management:
UNITAR / UNOSAT

Description of the event

A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico on 19 September. The epicentre of the powerful earthquake was approximately 3 miles east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34 miles south-southwest of the city of Puebla, and 75 miles from Mexico City.

The capital city was particularly affected by the earthquake, where almost half of the casualties took place. Many people were trapped under collapsed buildings and rescuers have spent days searching for survivors. The President reported that several children were killed and many more went missing as a result of a school collapse.

Emergency workers, military personnel, and volunteers are searching through rubble to recover survivors. Over 2 million people in the capital have been left without electricity and phone lines. Officials have warned residents of ruptured gas mains.

In addition to Mexico City, the states of Morelos, Puebla, Guerrero and Oaxaca have also been affected and a second 6.1 magnitude earthquake occurred in Oaxaca on 23 September, further disrupting rescue operations.

Earlier in September an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico, killing 90 people, but it is believed that there is no connection between these two earthquakes.

Damage Assessment in Tlaquiltenango Town, State of Morelos

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 05/10/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

Damage assessment of the Historical Center of Puebla

Source: WorldView-3 / WorldView-2
Acquired: WorldView-3: 23/09/2017
WorldView-2: 28/07/2017

Copyright: WorldView-3 and 2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by IGG-UNAM

Damage assessment in the south west of Cuauhtemoc Municipality, Federal District

Source: WorldView-2
Acquired: 26/09/2017

Copyright: WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in Jojutla town, State of Morelos

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 03/10/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Coatetelco in Morelos State

Source: WorldView-3 / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 17/01/2017
Post-disaster: 22/09/2017

Copyright: WorldView-3 and 2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in the Central West Cuernavaca City, Municipality of Cuernavaca, State of Morelos

Source: WorldView-3 / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 13/02/2017
Post-disaster: 22/09/2017

Copyright: WorldView-3 and 2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in the towns of Tepapayeca & Santa Catarina Coatepec, Municipality of Tlapanala, State of Puebla

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 22/09/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of La Galarza, in Puebla State

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 22/09/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Ayutla and San Nicolas Tolentino, in Puebla State

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 22/09/2017
WorldView-2: 11/04/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Atzala, in Puebla State

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 23/09/2017
WorldView-2: 11/04/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage Assessment in the city of Izucar de Matamoros, in Puebla State

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 21/09/2017
WorldView-2: 11/04/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT