The family of two Romanian tourists in Mexico has filed for consular assistance at Romania’s Embassy in Ciudad de Mexico after the devastating earthquake that hit Mexico this morning. The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the two Romanian citizens are safe at the moment.
According to the MFA, the crisis cell established to coordinate the diplomatic missions’ interventions in the areas hit by Irma hurricane is also managing the situation generated by the Mexico quake.
“Until now, the family of two Romanian tourists on holiday in Mexico has asked for consular assistance at the embassy in Ciudad de Mexico. Following actions undertaken by the MFA’s crisis cell, the two Romanians have been identified and they are now safe,” says the ministry in a press release.
MFA reminds that the Romanian citizens affected by the earthquake in Mexico can ask for consular assistance at the Romanian Embassy in Ciudad de Mexico, at the following phone numbers: 00 52 55 5280 0447 and 00 52 55 5280 1869, or at the emergency number of the diplomatic mission: 00 52 55 38 833 072.
The calls will be redirected to the Center for Contact and Support of the Romanian Citizens Abroad and taken over be the call center operators.
At least 15 people died in the 8.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the country’s southern coast. The quake struck in the Pacific at 23:50 local time on Thursday (04:50 GMT Friday), about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan. Severe damage has been reported in Oaxaca and Chiapas states.
The quake was felt in Mexico City, with buildings swaying and people running into the street. The tremors there, about 1,000km from the epicentre, were reported to have lasted up to a minute.
President Peña Nieto said some 50 million Mexicans would have felt the tremor and that the death toll might rise. He described the quake as the country’s strongest in a century.
Among the deaths were at least four in Chiapas. Two children were killed in Tabasco state, one a baby who died when power was cut to a respirator. One person also died in Guatemala.
The Pacific tsunami warning centre said waves as high as three metres could strike the coast, with a tsunami warning being issued for Mexico.