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Stories behind the 2017 earthquakes in Mexico: Response-Recovery-Reconstruction

Around midnight on September 7, 2017, an earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale shook the States of Oaxaca and Chiapas in southern Mexico, causing gigantic human and material losses. The damage from that earthquake had not been counted yet, when on September 19 around 13.00 hours, a new earthquake hit central Mexico specifically the cities of Morelos, Puebla and Mexico City, in that moment  it was 7.1 degrees of Richter, which generated large losses that exacerbated the damage already caused by the September 7th earthquake.

UNESCO, in collaboration with the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), the National Coordination for Civil Protection (CNPC) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have implemented the PRERADE project ["Preparation for a better Response, Recovery and Reconstruction - Learning from the Ethnography of Disasters"]. Through this project, testimonies of the protagonists during the earthquakes have been compiled and can be disseminated as lessons learned for future disaster scenarios. This publication contains 13 testimonies of those who were in Mexico in the front lines responding to the disaster from the health, education, culture, first response, international cooperation and reconstruction sectors. These testimonies are an important reference for Mexicans and for all those who live in earthquake-prone regions in the world.



Stories behind the 2017 earthquakes in Mexico: Response-Recovery-Reconstruction


Historias detrás de los sismos de 2017 en México: Respuesta-Recuperación-Reconstrucción


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