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Monday, September 25, 2017

Mexico - Crushing Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Eruptions and Aid

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Earthquakes

September 2017 has turned into a dreadful month for Mexico, with earthquakes, thousands of aftershocks, hurricanes, and the eruption of a volcano.  Each of the natural disasters horrifying on their own, human suffering exacerbated by brash acts of Mother Nature coming together in an overwhelming September swarm of death and destruction.

On September 7, the devastating earthquake in southern Mexico struck, with a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale, and widespread ruin in southern Mexico – largely Chiapas and Oaxaca, as well as Guatemala.

Not counting aftershocks, the next quake struck on September 19, with an epicenter south of Mexico City in the state of Puebla.  The deadly 7.1 tremor caused death and destruction throughout the region.  Mexico City was especially hard hit, with buildings leveled, thousands damaged, and a rising death toll that to date exceeds 300 people.

And if these were not enough, another widely felt earthquake (Richter scale 6.1) occurred on September 23 in the state of Oaxaca, not far from Juchitán – a city and region already suffering from the September 7 quake.  According to seismologists, the September 23 earthquake was probably an aftershock of the September 7 event.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

The Atlantic Ocean/Gulf of Mexico Hurricane Katia made landfall in Veracruz and Tamaulipas on September 8 and 9, again causing death and destruction.  Apart from the human suffering, this central Gulf Coast area of Veracruz includes Laguna Verde, grounds that are home to Mexico's two nuclear power reactors – that reportedly were not damaged by the storm.  Sidebar, an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) is being established at Laguna Verde.

This past weekend tropical storm Pilar, with strong winds, has been dumping heavy rains on Mexico's west coast.  Continued flooding is anticipated from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlán, and forecasters say wind and rains could reach western Durango.

Furthermore, out-to-sea from the Mexico-Guatemala border, a new "tropical depression" seems to be forming.

Volcanic Eruptions

Mexico today has two active volcanos, Popocatépetl near Mexico City, and Colima (aka Volcán de Fuego) in the state of Jalisco.  On September 23, adding to fear caused by the other calamities, Popocatépetl spewed a cloud of vapor and ash about a mile high, yet experts said it was not related to the earthquakes.

Aid and Donations

Among other factors regarding aid and donations, see the following:

At least 16 nations rally to Mexico’s aid, Mexico News Daily

Where to Donate to Mexico Earthquake Victims, The New York Times

Donations from Abroad, Mexican Embassy, Washington, D.C.

Disaster Relief: Help protect children from harm, UNICEF USA

Support our International Disaster Relief Fund

Regarding the Earthquake in Mexico, U.S. State Department

Also see:

The Latest: After Quakes, Mexico Volcano Spews Vapor and Ash, U.S. News & World Report

2 new quakes shake southern Mexico, already coping with disasters

Are Mexico's two September earthquakes connected? BBC

NASA's Earthquake 'Damage Map' Shows Destruction in Mexico, Space.com

Weekly Chart: Mapping Disasters and Displacements in Latin America and the Caribbean, Americas Society / Council of the Americas

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