233 Rebuilding after Disaster: Children’s Recreational Center in Juchitán, Oaxaca Loreta Castro Reguera Mexico’s funnel-like form links the United States and Central America. At the northern border the width of the country is approximately 1,900 kilometers, and moving southward thins to 200 kilometers. This area, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, is a low land that is vulnerable to strong winds, floods, and land movements. In September 2017, a series of strong earthquakes hit Mexico. The seventh measured 8.2 on the Richter scale and its epicenter was in the Tehuantepec Gulf, near the Oaxacan coast. It dramatically affected the isthmian region, particularly the town of Juchitán de Zaragoza. According to the Ministry of Territory and Urban Development, 13,485 buildings in Juchitán were damaged and 2,240,400 tons of debris were produced, a disastrous Most earthquakes in Mexico in 2018 occurred in the Tehuantepec region between Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Guerrero.