Earthquake Puebla State, MexicoLAST UPDATED: 9/22/2017 4:00 AM (Pacific Daylight Time)
Impacted UCEAP Study Center(s):
Mexico Study CenterLocation(s):
Mexico City (CdMX)Approx. time difference with PDT:
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Sources of information for this report: iJET International, US Embassy in Mexico City, open source media
Operations resumed at Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) on Sept. 19. Vehicles can only access Terminal 2 via the roundabout due to a large crack the quake left outside the terminal. MEX officials have instructed passengers to allow extra time if accessing Terminal 2, but the damage is otherwise not impacting arriving or departing passengers. The airport's automated people mover (APM), the Aerotren, which carries people from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 is out of service.
Most of Mexico City's Metro lines are fully operational, but as of the evening of Sept. 20, Line 12 is only offering service from Mixcoac to Periferico Oriente stations. Authorities have closed off several roads in eastern Mexico City, including some thoroughfares near the Glorieta de Insurgentes and Parque Espana.
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) organized a major relief effort and created a network of volunteers, including student brigades to reach out to the community with basic supplies, first-aid kits, etc., and a Collection Center (collecting specific articles and medical supplies, tools to help local workers that are actively involved in removing building debris). They have a major center that they organized on their Olympic Stadium
According to Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) electrical service had been restored to 92 percent of the 3.8 million customers that were affected after the earthquake. Authorities have kept electrical service off in some areas where rescue efforts are underway out of concern for the safety of responders.Water
As of about 2:00 p.m. September 20, normal water service had reportedly completely resumed in Puebla. Due to leaks, water shortages continue to affect about 700,000 people in Mexico City, mostly in Tlahuac, Iztapalapa, and Xochimilco. Officials estimate that it will take until Sept. 24 to complete the repairs in the capital. The overall status of water service in Morelos is unclear, but local reports indicate that Colonia Buenavista's water system has suffered major damage. Serious damage is also possible in Jojutla.September 19
Over 100 people have died and many injured in Puebla, Morelos, and Mexico states and Mexico City following a magnitude-7.1 earthquake.
The death toll is expected to rise in the coming days as response operations continue; Mexican armed forces have been deployed to assist with search and rescue operations throughout the region. Approximately 27 buildings - including homes, offices, and schools - have collapsed in Mexico City.
Flight operations were resuming at Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) following damage assessments. Reports indicate that pavement outside of Terminal 2 was cracked. It remains unclear how the damage may impact arriving or departing passengers. Several arriving flights were diverted or held at departing airports during the suspension. Residual flight delays and cancellations will likely continue through the evening of Sept. 19 until the flight backlog is cleared. Short- and medium-haul passenger flights are more likely to be affected by potential disruptions than international routes. Most of Mexico City's Metro lines are fully operational; however, Line A and Line 12 were only partially in service.
Infrastructure in nearby Puebla and Cuernavaca was most likely compromised during the earthquake; however, it could take several days for the scope of the damage throughout the region to be realized. Widespread utility outages are likely in central and southern Mexico; early estimates from Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) indicate that 3.8 million customers are without power as of this evening.
Officials will temporarily close roads, rail lines, and other infrastructure to check for damage, especially in regions near the epicenter in the coming days. Disruptions will occur during any shutdowns, but service will probably resume quickly if no damage is found. Aftershocks highly likely in the area in the coming days and could lead to additional landslides, utility outages, and infrastructure damages.
US Embassy & Consulates in Mexico
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