For the second time in two weeks, a powerful earthquake struck Mexico, collapsing buildings and killing hundreds. Yesterday’s 7.1-magnitude quake that struck 80 miles southeast of Mexico City was about 400 miles from the epicenter of the 8.1-magnitude quake that struck off the southern coast on September 8.
DigitalGlobe has mobilized resources within our company to support immediate relief efforts following these major quakes.
As part of our Open Data Program, DigitalGlobe will publicly release pre- and post-event imagery of the affected areas to support disaster response. We are currently tasking our satellites to capture imagery of the affected regions as part of our FirstLook crisis response program. Please continue to check this blog post for updates on image collection.
In addition to pre- and post-event imagery, we plan to support the response through these efforts:
- Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) tasks have been set up for the Mexico quakes using DigitalGlobe pre-event imagery. Help map affected communities here: http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/3597#task/529
- Once post-event satellite imagery is available, DigitalGlobe’s Tomnod crowdsourcing team will run a campaign to help with damage assessments at tomnod.com.
We will continue to update this blog post and our social media feeds as data becomes available.