Mexico recorded the deadliest earthquake in over 30 years last week. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck this week claimed at least 100 lives in the capital and a further 130 in surrounding areas across central Mexico. Following this devastating event, Facebook has said that it will donate $1m to the Red Cross in Mexico in the wake of a massive earthquake that struck the country on Tuesday.
Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg publically announced the donation on the social media site. In his words, “My thoughts are with everyone affected by the earthquake in Mexico,”
The catastrophic event pulled down dozens of buildings and knocked out 40 per cent of the capital’s power and so the country’s federal government declared a state of disaster. According to a Facebook spokesperson said “our hearts go out to those impacted by the earthquake in Central Mexico, and we’re constantly inspired by the ways people are coming together on Facebook to support one another.”
Alongside Facebook’s huge donation, Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek said this week that she is donating $100,000 to help rescue efforts in Mexico.
The 51-year-old posted a video message on Instagram in which she revealed not only was she making the donation, but that she had survived a 1985 earthquake that devastated Mexico City.
“After the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, I was evacuated from my building. A lot of friends died, including an uncle that was very, very close to me,” said Hayek.