MEXICAN DISASTERS

19th September 2017 earthquake in central Mexico. An estimated magnitude of 7.1 which lasted for 20 minuets with more than 6,000 injured and 591 people killed. This earthquake occurred on the 23rd anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake which measured to 8.1 and in just a minute while people were asleep 100,000 houses collapsed and more than 4,000 people were killed and roughly 5 million people were left without electricity or portable water. And there was a damage of approximately $4 billion in property. Despite being a beautiful country, Mexico is said to be prone to natural disasters. Home to several active volcanoes, strong hurricanes every year, sitting upon the earth’s largest tectonic plates, and flooding which is deemed normal.

An image of Popocatepetl erupting. Mexico’s currently most active volcano.

A volcano expert and researcher Randy White who is part of the Volcano DisasterAssistance Program stated that Popocatepetl is nowhere near one from the list of the top 5 most dangerous volcanoes, She said “Popocatepetl is not North America’s most dangerous volcano, it doesn’t even make the list of the top 5. Maybe top 10 since Pueblas right there. But really I’m not terribly worried about it.”

 

A flood in Mexico. Photo captured in a  government agency meeting room reaching to 80 centimeters deep

Floods, on the other hand, are natural occurrences in Mexico. Sometimes lasting from November/June All the way to October. Because of improper use of disposal, major area’s drainage systems have a really low water capacity as the trash block the drains. However, a big sewer project has taken place and is known to be the biggest sewer project in the world. The aim of building the Eastern Emission Tunnel (TEO) is to reach to 62 kilometers long and carry a full capacity of 150 cubic meters per second of water to release. The Teo is also likely to reduce the risk of flooding at the City’s new airport making flight delays less likely than usual.

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  1. Wendell says:

    I like to read the news in general and it’s nice to go through a website which contains news specifically for natural disasters. Great website. Thank you.

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