As the city of Puerto Vallarta was concluding annual earthquake and tsunami drills, central Mexico was rocked by an earthquake for the second time this month.
The earthquake stuck along the borders of Puebla and the State of Morelos with a 7.1 on September 19 at 1:15 PM local time.
Some residents of Puerto Vallarta reported feeling the quake, but for most the event passed without notice. There was no damage or reports of injury in Puerto Vallarta.
Owner of Puerto Vallarta Daily News, Ian Parker, was visiting friends and family in Oaxaca last week when Mexico was rocked by a major earthquake. Ian chose to extend his trip and volunteer in Oaxaca earthquake relief while co-owner, Sergio Salazar went to Mexico City, where he was in today’s earthquake. Sergio spent the afternoon in an assembly line of people moving debris off of collapsed buildings looking for survivors in the Mexican capital.
Today’s earthquake drill took place across the country to commemorate the 1985 earthquake that killed thousands in Mexico City. The drills in Puerto Vallarta were divided into four evacuation blocks (north hotel zone, Centro, Olas Altas and hotel zone south), and worked in four search and rescue scenarios that was attended by local emergency institutions, in coordination with the UEPCyB.
The exercises were done in all municipalities of the state under the hypothesis of a 7.6 earthquake, with epicenter on land in the municipality of Tamazula de Gordiano, and in the case of Puerto Vallarta they also handled a tsunami alert with evacuation in the Center of the city as part of the drill.
In Mexico City, the earthquake struck just as the capital city was completing their earthquake drills.