Mexico earthquake 2017


On 19 September, a powerful earthquake struck Puebla, Morelos and the Greater Mexico City area. The event happened only hours after a disaster drill in commemoration of an earthquake that rocked Mexico City exactly 32 years before.


This publication contains 13 testimonies of those who were in Mexico in the front lines responding to the disaster from the health, education, culture, first response, international cooperation and reconstruction sectors. Around midnight on September 7

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Headquarters Japan International Cooperation Agency Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo
After evaluating Mexico's early warning system, researchers conclude that systems should provide alerts that are as simple as possible. Follow-up information is needed immediately after, and it is important that the information is consistent and widely distributed. While these steps are vital, any warning system is only as good as the action taken to reduce harm.
Eos - AGU
A new report finds that it wasn’t the earthquake alone that killed 228 people nearly a year ago in Mexico City. Dozens of buildings that collapsed in the quake had been shoddily constructed and wrongly deemed safe by building inspectors to increase profits.
Los Angeles Times
Five months after a large earthquake shook Mexico City, the capital is better prepared to deal with future tremors according to Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera. Current efforts focus on tightening up building codes and improving emergency response.
Thomson Reuters Foundation,
The Mexico earthquake and California Wine Country wildfires demonstrate how socioeconomic structures create disasters, as poor and vulnerable populations are hit the hardest. Though early warning systems and forest management contribute to decreased disaster risk, in the end it is social resilience among Mexicans and Californians that has enabled recovery.
The Mercury News
After the September earthquake, Mexico City's civil society showed improved preparedness and quicker recovery compared to the earthquake experienced in 1985. This event demonstrates that social cohension is as important as strengthened infrastructure, effective early warning systems, and efficient government emergency procedures, the author writes.
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