Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria hit Dominica on the 18th September 2017, causing major damage before causing more destruction on neighbouring Caribbean islands, including The British Virgin Islands, Puerto Pico and Barbuda.


Follow the event as it unfolded below:

Puerto Rico’s long road to recovery

In Puerto Rico, most of the islands 3.5 million people are still living in darkness two months on from Hurricane Maria…

urricane Maria: Puerto Rico in Crisis (3 part documentary)
* Inside The Storm, Controversy & Recovery…
* A Fragile Economy On The Brink Of Collapse…
* From Stable In Puerto Rico To Displaced In New York…

Many in Puerto Rico are still suffering 3 months on after Hurricane Maria hit.


Nearly six months now since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Half a million people are still without power, whilst reported suicides have risen by 50%…


VIDEO – Puerto Ricans still in hotels 6 months after Hurricane Maria…


Return to Puerto Rico: How Puerto Ricans continue to struggle many months after Hurricane Maria…


Iran-Iraq earthquake

On Sunday 12th November 2017, a major 7.3 magnitude quake hit Iraq at 9:18 p.m. (Local time), The quake struck near the north-eastern border with Iran.


Iran quake map
Map via CNN

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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Source: PA

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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Source: BBC News

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

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Source: PA

Enrique Rebsamen school before the quake

mexico school before
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

Download note-taking template here:

Mexico earthquake report

Additional resources and sources


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

Cost of rebuilding Barbuda after Hurricane Irma estimated to be $250 million.

Virgin Islanders still in shelter, six months after Hurricane Irma…


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Irma template pic