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Mexico Earthquake Appeal

On 19 September at 1.14pm local time, a devastating earthquake struck Mexico. This earthquake followed an 8.1 magnitude earthquake just days earlier on 8 September.

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The situation

On 19 September at 1.14pm local time, a devastating earthquake struck Mexico.

Measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, the earthquake killed more than 200 people, injured more than 700, and destroyed buildings and homes over a large area. Many are without electricity and struggling to recover. This comes on the heels of an 8.1 magnitude earthquake just days earlier on 8 September.

Buildings collapsed and large areas of Mexico City and Morelos, approximately 100 miles to the South, lost electricity. The government of Mexico City has called for basic aid supplies.

The epicentre of the earthquake was in Axochiapan, Morelos. Nearly 40 aftershocks have been officially registered. We are on the alert for more earthquakes as well as aftershocks. Morelos and Puebla, which have high levels of poverty and inequality, have been the worst affected.

Ten thousand homes are believed to be damaged in 20 of the 30 municipalities in Morelos. Roads are also damaged, and communities are unreachable. Many people have been evacuated from their homes and it is uncertain whether they will be able to go back. Oxfam has reports of people sleeping outdoors.