Mexico earthquake

On the 21st September 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck 71 miles from Mexico City. The quake struck at 1:14 p.m. local time.

Source: BBC News
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The quake came just hours after the annual earthquake drill in Mexico City, marking the anniversary of the magnitude 8 earthquake which struck the city 32 years ago, killing 9,500 people.

1985 Mexico City earthquake documentary

Why is Mexico so prone to earthquakes?

Mexico is prone to major earthquakes because it is one of the earth’s subduction zones. The Cocos plate is forcing its way beneath the North American plate, which increases the risk of major earthquakes.


Mexico has a long history of destructive earthquakes. It is one of the world’s most seismically active regions.

The mayor of Mexico City reported that buildings in at least 44 locations had collapsed or been severely damaged , including supermarkets and blocks of flats. As a result of gas pipes rupturing, fires were also reported across the city.

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Among the casualties were at least 21 children who died when their primary school collapsed, trapping them inside.

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Enrique Rebsamen school before the quake

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Source: Google Street View

Enrique Rebsamen school after the quake

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Are Mexico’s two September earthquakes connected? Find out more here.

Why did some buildings collapse, whilst others remained intact? Find out here

Capital built on ancient lake bed, amplifying the shaking, seismologists say. Read more here


The search for survivors continues as the death tolls rises 3 days after quake

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Mexico earthquake report

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Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma developed off the west coast of Africa in late August 2017. By the 4th of September, it had developed into a Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 185 m.p.h.

As the hurricane moved west it caused major damage to the Caribbean islands of Barbuda, Anguilla, Saint Martin, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos and the British Virgin Islands.

What does a Category storm look like?




Charting Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction

path of destruction

“My roof blew off. I lost everything.”

Hurricane Irma – all you need to know (BBC Newsround)

Hurricane Irma: Drone footage shows Saint-Martin devastation 

Barbuda – A paradise lost 

Hurricane causes major devastation in the Caribbean 

Scroll through a series of interactive before and after images of the areas affected here:

before and after irma

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Coverack flash flood

On 18th July 2017, a major flood event hit Coverack on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

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Heavy rainfall started falling at around 3pm on the Tuesday afternoon. The storm failed to move eastwards as expected and dumped an unusually large amount of water on the village and surrounding area. In 2.5 hours, 105 mm of rain fell, compared to the usual July average of 62mm. This flowed down towards the village, sweeping rocks and large boulders with it.

Coverack rainfall radar

Water swept down the main road into the village, inundating houses and businesses, before plummeting into the harbour below. A ‘major incident’ was declared as Coastguard helicopters were dispatched to the scene to airlift residents to safety.

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50 properties were damaged as well as the main road into the village.









Local news report – Part 1

Local news report – Part 2

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