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Duration1999/09/30 On September 30, 1999, at 16:31 GMT or 11:31 local time an earthquake of 7.5 on the Richter scale hit Mexico.
The epicentre of the quake was centered just north of Puerto Angel, on the coastal state of Oaxaca, southeast of Mexico City (latitude 16.1 degrees north and longitude 96.7 degrees west).
The death toll is 18.
Country or DistrictMexico

Headline(Source, Date)
Personal Injury Material Damage Others
AFP 1999/10/02
According to ham radio reports from indigenous communities, the death toll from the quake rose Saturday to 24, with all but two of the fatalities registered in Oaxaca.

Reuters 1999/10/01

The Oaxaca state government said up to 100 businesses and shops in Oaxaca city had been damaged, as well as some 400 houses.

Death toll in Mexican quake hits 18

Nearly all of the 3,184 buildings that were damaged were in the state of Oaxaca. 95 percent of the buildings were made of adobe.
The damaged buildings included four hospitals and dozens of schools, churches and government buildings.

BBC News 1999/10/01 00:52GMT
Casualty figures are unclear, but at least eight people are reported to have died. Five victims in the state of Oaxaca were killed by collapsing buildings and falling debris.

Reports say that 100 homes have been damaged in the city of Oaxaca. The state's governor has declared a state of emergency, and called in the military to help with the rescue operation.
In Mexico City, skyscrapers swayed, and glass fell to the street.

Power cuts caused traffic lights to stop working, and some cars were bounced on to pavements. Telephone lines were temporarily cut.
CNN News 1999/09/30 23:58GMT
Eight people were crushed under crumbling walls and an undetermined number were injured in the southern state of Oaxaca,
Authorities in Oaxaca city, the state capital 220 miles (350 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City, said damage was moderate and included collapsed houses and church towers
The state news agency, Notimex, reported electrical power was shut off completely, and water and sewage treatment plants were damaged in 95 percent of Oaxaca state's 570 municipalities

Specific Matters

Related Links
  • ReliefWeb
    A list of the latest major documents added to ReliefWeb pertaining to Mexico.
  • AFP 1999/10/02
    A powerful earthquake that shook southern Mexico on Thursday has left some 181,000 people injured or without power, federal officials announced Saturday.
  • Reuters 1999/10/01
    The impact of the quake was most felt in Oaxaca, one of Mexico's poorest states where many of its residents scrape a hard living from the soil. Oaxaca Gov. Jose Murat said 12 people died in the state, at least one of them killed by falling masonry.
  • Government of Mexico 1999/10/01
    The Federal Government will use special resources to create rehabilitation programs in the areas of Oaxaca affected by the earthquake.
  • OCHA Situation Report No.1 1999/09/30

  • CNN 1999/010/01
    The death toll from Mexico's earthquake continued to rise Friday as the government said at least 18 people were dead and 47 others injured.
  • Reuters (1999/10/01)
    Earthquake shook parts of Mexico, killed at least 14 people and damaged buildings, roads and bridges.
  • BBC News 1999/10/01 00:52GMT
    The magnitude of the quake was estimated at 7.5 on the Richter scale - as big as those that devastated Turkey and Taiwan in recent weeks.
  • CNN News 1999/09/30 23:58GMT
    The earthquake lasted two minutes; it registered its maximum intensity for 40 seconds.
    The quake was felt in Mexico City, and in Chiapas state, 500 miles (800 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City, and in northern Guatemala
  • OCHA Breaking News 1999/09/30
    Reportedly, three persons were killed and several were injured in the city of Oaxaca.
Geographycal Data Information
  • USGS Report
    The map of the epicenter and predicted P-wave travel times
Emergency Relief Information
Urgent Report from Supporting Members of the Asian Disaster Reduction Center