Mexico: Earthquake - Information Bulletin n° 1

Situation Report
Originally published
This Bulletin is for information only. Further updates will follow shortly
The Situation

An earthquake, magnitude 7.3, occurred 21 January at about 18:00 local time in Colima, west coast of Mexico. Its location was 50 km ESE of Manzanillo, Colima, with a population of 94,000; 50 km SSW of Colima, Colima, with a population of 119,000 inhabitants; and 105 km SSW of Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, with 85,000 inhabitants. A preliminary assessment indicates that 30 people died, an unknown number were injured and the power and gas network was disrupted. The damage and needs assessment is currently (09:00 Geneva time) being made.

Red Cross/Red Crescent Action

The Mexican Red Cross and International Federation's Delegate in Mexico City, Panama Regional Delegation and Panamerican Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) reacted immediately, in a co-ordinated way, in response to the disaster.

The Mexican Red Cross, skilfull in the response to disasters, particularly earthquakes, is co-working with the Mexican Authorities, particularly the CENAPRED (Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres). A second information bulletin will be issued later on today.

For a full description of the National Society profile, see

Mexican Red Cross

Tel: (52) (5) 3951111 (ext.145) / 5800070 (ext.106) / 3950606 / 5575270
Fax: (52) (5) 3951598 / 3950044
Telex: 01777617 CRMEME

Federation desk officer Luis Luna, ph: 41 22 730 4274, email

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Santiago Gil

John Horekens
External Relations