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MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:19 pm

MEX has closed in the last 30 minutes with all flights diverting due to an Earthquake near Puebla.
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:22 pm

Powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes Mexico City, severely damaging buildings

A powerful earthquake jolted Mexico City on Tuesday, seriously damaging buildings and sending people fleeing into the streets on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage to the capital.

Local television stations broadcast images of collapsed facades and streets filled with rubble.

The extent of damage and injuries was not immediately clear.

The U.S. Geological Survey calculated its preliminary magnitude at 7.1. The epicenter was about 93 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Puebla.

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-mexi ... story.html
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:29 pm

Lots of circling and diverts.

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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:37 pm

Thoughts and prayers
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:39 pm

Looks like MEX had a moderate shake themselves.

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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:40 pm

A photo from outside the Terminal at MEX

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Seeing some videos from Mexico City and whole 10-15 floor buildings have collapsed.
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:45 pm

BBC: Mexico: Powerful earthquake strikes south says:

The tremor happened as an earthquake drill was being held in Mexico City, on the 32nd anniversary of a quake that killed up to 10,000 people.

Hopefully that will help speed the response.
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:51 pm

To think I was literally in the midst of booking flights to MEX for next month.

Holding off on the booking now, hopefully everyone is safe and well!
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:52 pm

It appears all US carriers have diverted or air returned their inbound MEX flights except for WN... not sure what they are waiting for.
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:45 pm

Looks like KLM 685 may be diverting to ATL, it's over North Carolina
right now
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:47 pm

LIkewise, LH498 has changed course and may also be heading to ATL
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:48 pm

MEX has been completely evacuated and the airport will remain closed indefinitely until structural engineers can deem the integrity of the terminals. It appears though that only minor damage to the airport occurred.

I wonder about the new airport being built and how its existing portions already in place handled the tremors from the earthquake. Hopefully they don't have to tear any existing portions down and start all over again.

The rest of the city has pockets of major damage throughout with Roma Norte appearing to have taken a major hit. There are total building collapses in that section of the city with scores of people trapped. Ironically the Residents had just taken part in large simulated earthquake drills just hours before to mark the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake. Reports are that some thought it was another drill when the real thing happened, although I think you would know it was the real deal by the fact your ceilings were moving back and forth.
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:23 pm

Interjet diverts and return to origin list.

I used to live in Puebla, powerfull earthquakes can be a really traumatic experience,

Also i´m having a hard time trying to reach friends and family on CDMX and Puebla, fortunately, so far everyone is ok.

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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:41 pm

I stand corrected, LH498 and KL685 are still enroute to MEX , still over the southern US.

If they don't divert to a US airport, what divert fields could handle 747's and their

passengers in Mexico proper.? Cancun perhaps?
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:44 pm

Yes, CUN.
AF178 (A380) and AZ676 (B772) looks like they are diverting to CUN
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:44 pm

MEX has now reopened following inspections, https://twitter.com/flightradar24/statu ... 4023348224
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:52 pm

As stated. It's all open again.
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:27 pm

Is it safe to open an airport when the road ways leading to the airport are all destroyed? The pictures show destroyed streets right in front of the main terminal.
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:38 pm

Sooner787 wrote:
LIkewise, LH498 has changed course and may also be heading to ATL

They diverted to IAH
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:32 am

aviationjunky wrote:
Is it safe to open an airport when the road ways leading to the airport are all destroyed? The pictures show destroyed streets right in front of the main terminal.

Roads are not damaged everywhere. Police would have closed off any dangerous areas fairly quickly. Many people would still have made their commute home from work today. Nonetheless, the gov't has asked people to stay off the roads, as much as possible, in order to allow emergency vehicles the easiest possible access.
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:35 am

News media now reporting over 100 fatalities amid wide spread damage in Mexico City. Power is also out for millions. Prayers for everyone in MEX.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/americas/mexico-earthquake/index.html
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:58 am

Service was partially restored around 4pm (the earthquake happened around 1pm).

Full operations were supposed to restart around 10pm.
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:10 am

Sooner787 wrote:
Looks like KLM 685 may be diverting to ATL, it's over North Carolina right now


Sooner787 wrote:
I stand corrected, LH498 and KL685 are still enroute to MEX , still over the southern US.



Just to conclude these reports, KL operated AMS-MEX according to schedule, while LH diverted FRA-MEX to IAH:

- KL685 AMS-MEX STA6.55pm ATA6.58pm
- KL686 MEX-AMS STD10.05pm ATD10.18pm = arrival AMS ETA on time

- LH498 FRA-MEX STA 6.20pm ATA9.22pm
- LH499 MEX-FRA STD8.50pm ATD00.21am = arrival FRA ETA +2.40hrs delay
 
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Re: MEX Closed due to Earthquake

Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:41 am

First and for most, thoughts to everyone in Mexico City we pray for you, be strong and be safe. Down here in Australia we don't get earthquakes like other parts of the world do, we might get the slight Earth tremor and that's all, what I would like to know is what does an airport like eg: San Francisco or Los Angeles or any airport located in a Seismic active area do during an event or after an event like that ? How soon after do they or would they open an airport back up, what happens if a plane was taxing to a runway and an Earthquake suddenly happens, like buildings, is there a special way of constructing runways and taxiways to make them Earthquake proof?
Once again to out Mexican friends thoughts to you and stay safe.

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