Southern Mexico was hit by a massive earthquake this afternoon that was felt throughout the capital of Mexico City. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake originated in the Guerrero State, in a mountainous region. Travelers in the area can expect large scale damage to local buildings and infrastructure. Other major tourist cities, likeAcapulco and Oaxaca, are also likely to experience lasting tremors. An earthquake of this magnitude will cause serious disruptions to both transportation and communication systems. Phone lines are likely to be jammed as citizens try to reach loved ones in affected areas and due to downed towers. meetings near the fire, be sure to reconfirm your appointment and allow yourself extra time to get there.
If you are traveling in the region of the earthquake, be prepared for continuous aftershocks in the coming days. This preparation includes leaving high rise buildings, conserving power on battery operated devices and finding potable water. Be sure to keep informed as to the evacuation process and obey all instructions from local officials.