Mexico City Earthquake Sep. 19 2017

An Earthquake struck outside Mexico City with a magnitude of 7.1 Wide spread damage with deaths and injuries occurring. Infrastructure was affected with many areas experiencing internet outages and loss of or spotty cellular service. This event was 32 years to the date of the previous major earthquake int he same area.

Mexican amateurs responded and used Winlink to provide support communication mostly in the area of the collapsed school building in Mexico City. Mexico has many supported full service Winlink gateways that provide email service even with internet outages, since they can auto forward on HF.

FMRE, (Mexicos ARRL), coordinates communications for the earthquake of Sept. 19 - 2017
By XE2O, Alfonso Tamez

FMRE has activated the National Emergency Network operating in
extended mode because of the September 19th earthquake. Our operating
frequencies are on 80m 3.690, on 40m 7.060 and on 20m 14.120. FMRE is
coordinating with Mexico's Emergency Communications C5 Center.
In addition we have 2 mobile emergency stations, one located one Delegacion Xochimilco
with local authorities and the other one in Enrique Rebsamen Elementary School.
Both of the locations were extremely damaged because of the earthquake.

These mobile units have HF, VHF, UHF radios and WINKLINK HF Pactor communications

The most recent information that we have, indicates that there are more
than 250 people are dead in this area and thousands of victims. 30 completely
collapsed buildings and many more damaged. The traffic of messages mainly has been referring
to the location of people in the area of Mexico City.

School site where XE1PRA comm van provided support.
System in XE1PRA comm van
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