Mexico Earthquake

 Rescuers, firefighters, police, soldiers and volunteers remove debris from a collapsed building in search of survivors after the earthquake on September 19, 2017 in Mexico City. Image Credit: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers, firefighters, police, soldiers and volunteers remove debris from a collapsed building in search of survivors after the earthquake on September 19, 2017 in Mexico City. Image Credit: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images

In September, 2017, Mexico was rocked by a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake, resulting in the death of more than 300 people.

September 20, 2017

Donate to the Emergency Response Fund.In September, 2017, Mexico was rocked by a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake, resulting in the death of more than 300 people. Donate now to our Emergency Response Fund to support our relief efforts.


The Situation

On Tuesday September 19, a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico in Puebla state, 123km from Mexico City. This earthquake exacerbated the effects of another earthquake two weeks prior on September 7, which measured 8.2 - the strongest ever recorded in Mexico.  

39 aftershocks were recorded  and 318 people were confirmed dead. More than 765 people were injured and hospitalized in Mexico City, Morelos, Puebla, Estado de México, Guerrero and Oaxaca. 

The epicentre of the earthquake was Axochiapan, Morelos, which is approximately 100 miles from Mexico City. Morelos and Puebla, which have high levels of poverty and inequality, have been the worst affected.


What Oxfam is doing

Oxfam Mexico sent teams to Morelos and Puebla, two of the places most affected by the earthquake, in order to carry out an evaluation, protect the rights of people who have been affected, and to establish a long-term action plan.


How you can help

Make a donation today to Oxfam Canada's Emergency Response Fund. Oxfam Canada's Emergency Response Fund (ERF) enables us to provide timely, appropriate responses to emergency situations and support reconstruction work. The ERF ensures that Oxfam can quickly respond wherever and whenever the need is greatest.

Donate to the Emergency Response Fund.


Page last updated January 2, 2018.