A 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit Mexico's Oaxaca state on June 23, causing landslides and sending tremors that were felt in Guatemala. Tsunami waves more than 2 feet high crashed into Mexico's southern coast. More than 400 miles away in Mexico City, buildings shook and people ran into the streets.
The UNICEF Mexico country office immediately shared messages on social media counseling parents and caregivers on how to keep their children calm and offering safety tips. UNICEF is standing by, ready to be of further assistance as necessary.
When twin earthquakes rocked Mexico in 2017, UNICEF was on the ground with prepositioned supplies and emergency assistance. The first, the strongest in a century to hit Mexico, was a magnitude 8.2 quake that struck off the coast of state of Chiapas, on September 7, 2017, leaving at least 90 people dead.
Just 12 days later, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook central Mexico, collapsing buildings and bridges in five states and in the capital and killing at least 248 people, including children who were buried when their school collapsed. The second quake occurred on the anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexico City earthquake that left 10,000 people dead, a sobering reminder of the region's seismic vulnerability.
Whenever emergencies strike, UNICEF is at the ready. UNICEF responded to almost 300 humanitarian emergencies in 90 countries in 2018. UNICEF's Copenhagen warehouse, the world's largest humanitarian supply depot, can ship supplies anywhere in the world in less than 72 hours.
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Top photo: An earthquake hit southern Mexico on June 23, 2020. © United States Geological Survey