Salma Hayek rallies support for Mexico earthquake relief: ‘I have lived through the aftermath of a disaster’

Salma Hayek is giving back to her native Mexico and is asking her fans to do the same. The Hitman’s Bodyguard actress took to her Instagram on Wednesday (September 20) asking followers to donate money towards relief efforts following Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Mexico City.

In the video, the Hollywood star recalled her personal experience with a quake that claimed the lives of some of her loved ones. “After the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, I was evacuated from my building,” the 51-year-old shared. “A lot of friends died, including an uncle that was very, very, close to me.”

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She continued, “I have lived through the aftermath of a disaster of this magnitude and it’s horrific. I am starting a Crowdrise to try to raise money to help the families that are going through this nightmare right now in Mexico. I implore to your hearts, to the goodness of your hearts, to your compassion to help. Anything that you can give will make a big difference. And for starters, I will match the first $100,000 that are donated.”

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On Tuesday, September 19, Mexico City was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which killed over 200 people. The mother-of-one's donations with benefit UNICEF — who has teams on the ground responding to the aftermath.

salma-1VIEW GALLERY Salma used her own experience in an earthquake to encourage people to donate Photo: Getty Images 

A number of stars have reacted to the natural disaster including Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Eva Longoria, who revealed that her husband José Bastón was in the country’s capital at the time of the earthquake. “What horrible new about the earthquake in Mexico,” she tweeted. “Thank God my husband and family are safe in Mexico City. My prayers are with everyone.”

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