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Toluca survived

by David Zatz on

Mexico City has been hit with a magnitude 7.1 earthquake — a severe quake which has killed at least 200 people, and would have been far more devastating if Mexico had not imposed strict regulations on new buildings (unfortunately, ignored by many builders) after the last major event.

FCA’s nearby plant in Toluca, Mexico, has apparently survived the quake with little damage; a spokesman told Allpar that the factory is running today, producing the Jeep Compass.

While the current quake was catastrophic for Mexico City, it was still far less disastrous than the 1985 earthquake — which hit with a magnitude of 8.0, killing over 5,000 people. Because of the area’s vulnerability, the government provided a free earthquake-warning app years ago.

The country is still recovering from a magnitude 8.1 earthquake off the southern coast last Thursday, which killed 95 people, also impacting Guatemala and El Salvador. The country has also grappled with the effects of Hurricane Katia, straining the country’s resources.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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