Overview

An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the richter scale occurred on Sept. 19 in central Mexico, as the country still reeled from an 8.1 earthquake on Sept. 8, just off the country’s southern coast. The epicenters of the two earthquakes were roughly 400 miles apart.

The Sept. 8 quake killed at least 98 people, and at least another 369 people died in the Sept. 19 earthquake.

If you are a responding NGO or a donor, please send updates on how you are working in this crisis to anna.hurt@disasterphilanthropy.org.

If you are a donor looking for recommendations on how to help in this crisis, please email regine.webster@disasterphilanthorpy.org

Sources: United Nations organizations, responding NGOs, international news organizations.

Background

Members of USAID's elite earthquake disaster team landed in Mexico, including more than 60 Los Angeles County Fire Department urban search and rescue experts, 5 canines, and 62,000 pounds of equipment & medical supplies. (USAID Photo)
Members of USAID’s elite earthquake disaster team landed in Mexico, including more than 60 Los Angeles County Fire Department urban search and rescue experts, 5 canines, and 62,000 pounds of equipment & medical supplies. (USAID Photo)

The earthquakes caused widespread damage to homes, schools, businesses, and public infrastructure. The earthquake’s impact on Mexico City is expected to affect the country’s overall economy for an extended period of time. The estimated cost of rebuilding from both quakes is between $2 billion and $4 billion.

Donors

  • Abbott Fund, $750,000 to multiple recipients.
  • Abbott Laboratories Corporate Giving Program, $250,000 to National Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • Amgen Foundation Inc., $50,000 to Direct Relief.
  • Apple Inc. Contributions Program, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • AT&T Inc. Contributions Program, $1 million to Canaced.
  • Bacardi & Company Limited Contributions Program, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Contributions Program, $29,999 to Mexican Red Cross.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Inc., $50,000 to Mexican Red Cross.
  • Carlos Slim Foundation, $105 million to unknown recipients.
  • CEMEX, SAB de CV Corporate Giving Program, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched the CDP Mexico Earthquake Recovery Fund to focus support on medium and long-term rebuilding needs.
  • Chevron Global Fund, $350,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Coach Foundation Inc., $33,000 to Direct Relief.
  • Coca-Cola Company Contributions Program, $1 million to Mexican Red Cross and $2 million to unknown recipients for long-term recovery.
  • Continental Corporation Contributions Program, $50,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Direct Relief International, $100,000 to unknown recipients.
  • E & J Gallo Winery Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Exelon Corporation Contributions Program, $200,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Facebook Inc. Contributions Program, $1 million to International Red Cross.
  • FedEx Corporation Contributions Program, $500,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Fundacion Metlife Mexico, $100,000 to American Red Cross, $300,000 to Fondo para la Paz.
  • Fundacion Wal-Mart de Mexico, $2,200,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Google.org, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • Home Depot Foundation, $500,000 to multiple recipients.
  • Honeywell Corporate Giving Program, $400,000 to Mexico Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional.
  • IBM Corporate Giving Program, $400,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Kaiser Permanente Corporate Giving Program, $1 million to International Medical Corps.
  • Lowe’s Companies Inc. Contributions Program, $250,000 to unknown recipients.
  • M&T Bank Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Mark Zuckerberg, $1 million to Mexican Red Cross.
  • Macquaire Group Foundation, $290,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Merck & Co. Inc. Contributions Program, $750,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Monsanto Company Contributions Program, $100,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Northern Trust Corporation Contributions Program, $25,000 to American Red Cross.
  • PepsiCo Foundation Inc., $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Placido Domingo, $25,000 to Placido and Marta Domingo Foundation.
  • Salma Hayek, $100,000 to GoFundMe.
  • Sealed Air Corporation Contributions Program, $100,000 to Mexican Red Cross.
  • Vallarta Supermarkets Inc. Contributions Program, $25,000 to Mexican Red Cross.
  • Wal-Mart Foundation Inc., $565,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Wells Fargo & Company Contributions Program, $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Western Union company Contributions Program, $10,000 to Save the Children.
  • Western Union Foundation, $20,000 to Save the Children

NGOs

Responders sift through rubble following the Sept. 19, 2017 earthquake that was just south of Mexico City. (Photo by Ronaldo Schmidt, AFP)
Responders sift through rubble following the Sept. 19, 2017 earthquake that was just south of Mexico City. (Photo by Ronaldo Schmidt, AFP)
  • Catholic Relief Services has been responding since the first earthquake, focused on shelter repairs and immediate relief to vulnerable families in isolated areas. CRS continues to assess needs and help with immediate recovery and the support of survivors.
  • Direct Relief has been working since the first earthquake to support its network of clinics and hospitals that it regularly works with in the affected areas and will scale up supplies and support to those partners.
  • Mercy Corps has launched an economic recovery program in Mexico City with a focus on helping small businesses get back on their feet. Small businesses are especially vulnerable during a disaster and play a critical role in community recovery.
  • Mexico Red Cross has mobilized staff and volunteers to assist with search and rescue, first aid, and damage and needs assessments. It has deployed dozens of doctors and nurses and more than 500 staff and volunteers. More than 90 ambulances and a rescue unit are searching for survivors, transporting them to hospitals, and providing aid on the scene.
  • World Vision is working with local agencies and government authorities to assist survivors. The organization is also providing food and hygiene kits and will soon be setting up child-friendly spaces in impacted areas.

Please send your updates to anna.hurt@disasterphilanthropy.org to be included here.

Learn More

Read the CDP Issue Insight on Earthquakes.

Facts and Stats

  • The USGS estimates some 30 million people felt moderate shaking as a result of the Sept. 19 quake.