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Duration1999/06 An earthquake measured 6.5 on the Richter scale hit Mexico on 15 June 1999 at 15:42 hrs local time. The epicentre of the quake was about 200 kilometres southeast of Mexico City.
Country or DistrictMexico

Headline(Source, Date)
Personal Injury Material Damage Others
Mexico quake kills 15
In the southern state of Guerrero, a woman died from a heart attack and in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, a farm laborer died in a landslide.
In Mexico City, two people died of heart attacks caused by shock due to the quake,

In Puebla an apartment complex came crashing down.

Mexico: Earthquake Information

Three hospitals were damaged and one had to be evacuated.The Faculty of Medicine was severely damaged, but the building was empty at the time of the quake.

AFP NEWS 17 Jun 1999
The quake left at least 25 people dead, and hundreds injured.
Zedillo said 5,636 buildings were damaged and that half of those will have to be rebuilt.

CNN News (June 15, 1999) Strong earthquake shakes central Mexico
At least five people were killed.
200 people were injured and that 12 people were still pinned beneath the rubble.

The 300-year-old city hall, a major hospital, a highway bridge and some houses also suffered major damage.

OCHA Situation Report No. 1 (16 June 1999) Mexico - Earthquake
In the city of Puebla, some 200 injured.
In the city of Puebla,damage to several buildings in the historic centre has been reported.

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  • Xinhua 1999/01/23
    Five more earthquakes jolted Mexico's Pacific coast and the area bordering with Guatemala on Wednesday, but there have been no casualty or damage reported.
  • Reuters 1999/06/22
    In the state of Guerrero, where many homes are made of adobe, the quake damaged some 700 houses and affected 2,800 people.
  • Xinhua 1999/06/21
    Many people left their workplaces or residences in the capital, but in Puebla it was only felt slightly.
  • CNN News June 20, 1999
    By Mexican standards, Tuesday's quake was a relatively small inland temblor. But the line of the fault where it occurred runs toward Puebla, allowing energy waves to pile up and intensify as they hit the city.
  • CNN NEWS Jan.15 1999
    A strong earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon, swaying tall buildings and sending panic-stricken residents fleeing into the streets.
  • Reuters 16 Jun 1999
    A powerful earthquake killing at least 15 people and injuring hundreds as it crumbled buildings.
  • PAHO Situation Report 16 Jun 1999
    Yesterday, the IMSS(Mexican Social Security Institute)sent its civil engineer teams to perform preliminary analyses and today, structural engineer teams left to perform more specific analyses.
  • IFRC News 16 Jun 1999
    Four shelters have been opened -- three by the government and one by the Red Cross. Most people have moved into the shelters because of fears of further tremors and not because they are homeless. The Red Cross is providing food and mattresses in its shelter.
  • American Red Cross 16 Jun 1999
    The American Red Cross has committed an immediate $100,000 to the Mexican Red Cross to help with relief efforts in the aftermath of a 6.7-magnitude earthquake.
  • US News Wire 16 Jun 1999
    President conferred with the Mayor of Mexico City,and the Governor of the state of Puebla,to offer federal support and relief for the population.
  • AFP News 16 Jun 1999
    Some 70 homes in San Mateo were completely destroyed and some 350 people were staying at shelters Wednesday.
    By dawn Wednesday, 500 soldiers were already at work removing tonnes of rubble.
  • OCHA Situation Report No.2 (99/6/16)
    The magnitude of the earthquake of 15 June has been up-graded by the United States Geological Survey from 6.5 to 6.7 on the Richter Scale.
  • AFP NEWS 17 Jun 1999
    Thousand of buildings to be rebuilt in wake of Mexican quake: Zedillo
  • ABCNews 99 June 15
    Traffic lights were knocked out, causing some traffic accidents.
    Electricity had been disrupted in at least 13 communities.

  • CNN News June 15, 1999
    A powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, leveling concrete apartment buildings, cutting power and telephone service and sending thousands of panic-stricken residents fleeing into the streets.
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 1 16 June 1999
    An earthquake hit Mexico on 15 June 1999 at 15:42 hrs local time. The epicentre of the quake was about 200 kilometres southeast of Mexico City. The earthquake measured 6.5 on the Richter scale.

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