Los Angeles, Calif., April 18, 2014– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it is monitoring the situation in Mexico following a reported magnitude 7.2 earthquake on the southern Pacific coast. The earthquake struck north-northwest of Tecpan at 9:27 a.m. EST on Friday and was felt across the Southern region, including the resort towns of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo, and as far away as Mexico City, 170 miles to the northeast. Resulting damage from the quake is not yet known.
Operation USA recently provided aid in Mexico following floods in 2013, and is helping to rebuild a damaged school with local partner NGO Ninos En Alegria. Previously, OpUSA aided recovery in Mexico following a 1985 earthquake, sending seven airlifts containing medicines and shelter materials, and helping to build a permanent clinic for relocated quake victims as part of an integrated community development project co-sponsored by opera star Placido Domingo.
Operation USA will assess needs as the current situation develops and plans to respond with relief aid if requested. To donate to ongoing disaster relief around the world, visit donate.opusa.org.
About OPERATION USA:
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. The Los Angeles based non-government organization offers material and financial assistance to community-based organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education, health services, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people. Operation USA is a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity. Learn more at www.opusa.org.
Richard Walden, President, CEO and Founder of OpUSA, is available as an expert source on disaster preparedness and international relief aid.