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08 May 2018 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

New Report Looks at Past Disasters to Prepare for the Future

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery: Are we prepared for the next Pompeii?

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2018 — The great disasters of the past – like the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD or the hurricane that devastated Santo Domingo in 1930 – can provide valuable lessons to help governments and institutions increase the resilience of communities in the face of modern challenges, such as climate change and rapid urbanization.

18 Apr 2017 description

By Brigitte Leoni

Mexico City - Five years after the devastating 1985 quake, which killed more than 10,000 people, Mexico equipped itself with one of the world’s most effective early warning systems for earthquakes.

22 Mar 2017 description

By Brigitte Leoni

MEXICO CITY, 22 March 2017 – Mexico City’s devastating, 8.1-magnitude earthquake of 1985 was a stark illustration of the disaster risks faced by the health sector, but it also triggered what became a global effort to protect hospitals from hazards.

After a tremor of 70 seconds, quake damage had reduced Mexico’s hospital capacity by 5,000 beds, sowing chaos in the emergency system at the precise moment that it was most need.

30 Jul 2014 description

By Richard Waddington

GUAYAGUIL, 30 July 2014 - Next year’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan coincides with the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexican earthquake, whose tragic consequences pushed the country into developing one of the world’s most effective disaster prevention and response systems.

04 Oct 2011 description

Between observance of the 26th anniversary of the September 1985 earthquake in Mexico City and Mexico’s hosting of the global celebration yesterday of the 2011 World Habitat Day under the theme Cities and Climate Change, the municipal government of the capital city has passed a new law on structural safety that will further protect people living with earthquake risk.

Under the new legislation, unsafe property at high risk of damage from earthquakes will be expropriated and the occupants of such buildings provided with safe housing.

27 Apr 2011 description

Posted in Issue 115 - April 2011 Editorial

19 Sep 1985 description


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.