Shawn Mendes and Ricky Martin have canceled their upcoming Mexico City concerts following the strong earthquake that struck the country on Tuesday. More than 200 people died in the wake of the 7.1 magnitude tremor, with rescue efforts continuing among dozens of collapsed buildings.
“My deepest condolences are with those affected by the earthquake in Mexico today,” Mendes wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “Unfortunately, due to the circumstances, we will be unable to continue on with my Mexico City show scheduled for tomorrow. My love is with all of you, and I promise I will be back.”
The venues where Martin was scheduled to perform are being used as donation centers. An announcement for the Latin Grammys was also postponed.
Also affected by the earthquake was exhibition giant Cinepolis, which closed 31 of its theaters across Mexico as a security precaution while they are inspected for any structural damage. The company has also launched a fund-raising campaign starting Thursday whereby it will match every peso spent on tickets and concessions at its cinemas. Proceeds will go to UNICEF which will allocate these funds to help the more than 4,000 children affected by the earthquakes that struck Oaxaca, Chiapas, Mexico City, Morelos and Puebla.
In other news, the Morelia Intl. Film Festival cancelled a press conference Wednesday about its upcoming 15th edition (Oct 20-29).
“Rogue One” actor Diego Luna posted emergency numbers to Twitter to assist with ongoing rescue efforts, while Ava DuVernay offered prayers. “‘Sometimes the way is fire through which the tiger leaps, a perfect circle,'” she quoted of Mexico City poet Valerie Mejer Caso.
Tuesday was the 32nd anniversary of the deadly 8.0 earthquake that struck Mexico City, killing at least 5,000 people. Earlier this month, southern Mexico was hit by an 8.1-magnitude tremor.
A number of celebrities including Beyonce and Lin-Manuel Miranda also tweeted their support.
Anna Marie de la Fuente contributed to this report.