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UNDRO 85/2030

MEXICO - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
19 SEPTEMBER 1985

1. A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE OF RICHTER MAGNITUDE 7.8 STRUCK MEXICO AT 1318 GMT TODAY. EPICENTRE LOCATED 17.8N 102.3W, I.E. 400 KM SOUTHWEST OF MEXICO CITY OFF PACIFIC COAST.

2. IN MEXICO CITY INTERNATIONAL TELEPHONE AND TELEX LINES CUT. FIRST ESTIMATES INDICATE THAT PERHAPS 35 PERCENT OF ALL BUILDINGS DAMAGED AND 30 SQUARE KM OF CENTRAL MEXICO CITY ALMOST TOTALLY DESTROYED. WIDESPREAD FIRES AND GAS LEAKS.