Comment by the Information and Press Department on the earthquake in Mexico
At 21:14 Moscow time on September 19, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico 98 kilometres to the southwest of Puebla de Zaragoza. The earthquake was followed by eleven 4.0 magnitude aftershocks.
As of early September 20, the earthquake had claimed over 250 lives. In the vicinity of Mexico and the states of Morelos, Puebla and Guerrero many buildings were destroyed, and people remain trapped under the collapsed buildings. About 4 million people have been left without electricity. Medical facilities and educational institutions have been evacuated.
Benito Juarez International Airport suspended operations for several hours; the infrastructure was not damaged, but some flights were delayed or cancelled.
According to preliminary information from the Russian Embassy in Mexico, there were no Russian citizens among the victims. The Russian diplomatic mission buildings in Mexico were only slightly damaged.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has promptly updated Russians on the latest developments, including through the Foreign Assistant app and its Twitter blog. With regard to the natural disaster, the Russian Embassy in Mexico published recommendations on its official website for Russian citizens in the country.