The Finnish Embassy in Mexico says it doesn’t have any reports that Finns were among the victims of a deadly earthquake which struck the Mexico City region on Tuesday evening.
Ambassador Roy Eriksson says there are around 420 Finns currently in Mexico. Most of them have been sent a text message or email that provides contact details to the Foreign Ministry’s emergency call centre, and they’re advised to follow the instructions of Mexican authorities.
The earthquake measured 7.1 and there are already more than 220 fatalities reported. According to Ambassador Eriksson, the number of victims is likely to rise, as the centre of the earthquake was in a densely populated area.
Eriksson says there have been about 10 aftershocks so far, but they were mild. However, he says further earthquakes can be expected.
The street turned into a jelly
Eriksson was diving through Mexico City when the earthquake struck.
“We stopped by the sidewalk. When I got out of the car it was just like walking in jelly. The whole streed ‘waved’ and then I knew that it was a very big earthquake” he says.
The Ambassador reports that 40 buildings in earthquake zone have collapsed, and that traffic was brought to a standstill for a while.
“Our staff walked home today. At least today and tomorrow, schools and universities are closed, so there is not much traffic”.
Tuesday’s earthquake struck 32 years after the Mexican capital was hit by another large quake that killed as many as 10,000 people.
Eriksson believes that although the number of victims will surely rise, the death toll will be significantly lower this time.
“Mexico learned from the 1985 earthquake. Since then, building codes have been ticghtened, and construction projects have taken into account earthquake susceptibility” says Ambassador Erikkson.
“I would say that buildings which have now been destroyed, have certainly been built before 1985”.