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Earthquake in Mexico

September 20, 2017

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On September 19th, 2017, a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake occurred in Mexico City, Mexico, killing over 200 people. The epicenter of the powerful earthquake was approximately 3 miles east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34 miles south-southwest of the city of Puebla, and 75 miles from Mexico City. Emergency workers, military personnel, and volunteers are searching through rubble to recover survivors. Over 2 million people in the capital have been left without electricity and phone lines. Officials have warned residents of ruptured gas mains. Earlier this month an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck a similar region, killing 90 people, but it is believed that there is no connection between these two earthquakes.

How to get access to our imagery:

We make our disaster imagery available by two means:

Planet Explorer, our online imagery browser. We provide limited access to Explorer for up to 30 days to qualified disaster volunteer organizations, humanitarian organizations, and other coordinating bodies. Explorer is continuously updated with our most recent imagery (please see map below for exact region available). To gain access to Planet's Explorer, please email In your email, please provide your name, the name of your organization, and the purpose for which you wish to use the imagery.

Direct Download: We make a small but growing number of additional analytical imagery products available via direct download. Anyone may download these files, which are provided "as-is", below.

Data License: Planet imagery (whether provided via Explorer or Direct Download) is made available under a Non-Commercial, Creative Commons license, meaning they may not be used for commercial purposes. Commercial entities are licensed under the CC-BY-SA license, which requires that any derivative products that use our data also be shared under the same license. Non-commercial entities (including humanitarian organizations, intergovernmental agencies, etc.) are granted access under the CC-NC-BY license, which does not require sharing of derivative products; if however such products are shared, there is a requirement that Planet be acknowledged as an underlying source of data.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Map showing the area available for download via Planet Explorer (highlighted in gray).

Map showing the area available for download via Planet Explorer (highlighted in gray).

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