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September 19, 2017
Mexico Once Again Hit by
a Dramatic Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake

A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred this afternoon shortly after 1:00 pm near Mexico City. The earthquake’s epicenter is located about 75 miles southeast of Mexico City in Puebla State. 

Videos and photos shared on social media suggest buildings and infrastructure encountered widespread damage and several buildings have collapsed throughout the city. Fires and gas explosions following the quake have also been reported. At least 42 persons have been killed according to preliminary reports issued by local authorities. 

Operations have ceased at Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX), and terminals have been evacuated until officials can complete damage assessments. The airport’s control tower is currently out of service due to a gas leak and only emergency helicopters are departing at the moment. Severe damage to main entrance of Terminal 2 are also reported. Flights arriving at Mexico City airport are being cancelled, held or sent back to their departure points or diverted to other airports. Disruptions could persist for several hours. Most subway lines in Mexico City are also stopped until further notice. Roads, rail lines, and other infrastructure in the area will be closed until authorities can assess damage. 

Today is the anniversary date of Mexico City’s 1985 devastating earthquake that killed over 10,000 people and left 30,000 injured. This morning, earthquake simulations, preparedness trainings and commemoration events were held throughout the city. Two weeks ago, the country also suffered another major earthquake offshore of Chiapas, in southern Mexico. 


  • Check with your airline and travel agent to confirm your travel plan prior to leaving for the airport.
  • Plan accordingly for strong aftershocks as they will be highly likely in the area in the coming days.
  • Plan additional time for air, rail, and road travel, as damage assessments may cause disruptions.
  • Charge battery-powered devices in case prolonged power outages occur.
  • Call your local consular office for information regarding evacuation and assistance provided to citizens of your country.
  • Ask your hotel management team for safe places to find shelter and evacuation routes should another quake
  • strike.
  • If you are not in an earthquake-rated building, move to a building that if earthquake-rated.
  • Remember Assist America is here to help should you need it. Call our Operations Center at +1 609 986 1234.
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