A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday following the destructive 7.1 magnitude on Tuesday, which killed hundreds of people and wrecked much of Mexico City and neighboring areas. Saturday’s 6.1 earthquake toppled already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in the Mexican capital. Is it safe to travel now?
Many travelers who plan to visit the capital are considering how to get to the country and some are already questioning if it is even safe to travel there.
Following the first earthquake in the capital, the Latin American Travel Association (LATA) released a statement saying that the top travel destinations in Mexico including Cancun, Yucatan, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit, Los Cabos, are completely unaffected by the earthquake and business continues as usual.
Damages have been reported in parts of Puebla, Morelos, and Mexico City. Tourist attractions remain open and functioning in these destinations.
LATA also added that Mexico City airport was closed temporarily, due to damage in one of the terminals, but has now reopened. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising travelers to contact your airline in the first instance if you are due to fly out to Mexico City– airlines such as Aeromexico, for example are allowing free route and date changes. Other airports in Mexico are unaffected; remain open and business continues as usual.
If travelers have already booked tickets and rooms, first they should contact with their airline directly to reconfirm flight status, and then check with their hotel or rental home if there is any damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the new, magnitude 6.1 temblor was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south-southeast of Matias Romero in the state of Oaxaca, which was the region most battered by a magnitude 8.1 quake on September 7. The government of Oaxaca state reported that some homes collapsed. It was among thousands of aftershocks recorded in the wake of that earlier quake, which was the most powerful to hit Mexico in 32 years.