Massive Earthquake Jolts Mexico; Direct Relief Responding

A massive 8.1 earthquake reverberated through Mexico Thursday night, the strongest in a century. At least 58 people have been killed as a result.

The map above displays the earthquake’s potential impact and Direct Relief’s reach throughout Mexico. (Andrew Schroeder / Direct Relief)

The Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, which were closer to the epicenter, recorded fatalities and massive infrastructure damage. The death toll is likely to climb as response continues.

Mexico City seems to be largely spared from significant damage, though residents of the city poured out into the streets during the temblor to escape buildings feared to collapse.

Direct Relief has staff in Mexico City and a presence throughout the country.

Staff were preparing for Hurricane Katia’s landfall when the earthquake struck, and are now coordinating a response to each.

Donations for Mexico earthquake response can be made here by selecting the “Mexico Earthquake” in the drop-down menu on Direct Relief’s donation page. As always, 100 percent of donations designated for a specific emergency will go towards that emergency.