Mexico earthquake shakes Acapulco, surrounding area

April 21, 2014

acapulcoThe Christian Science Monitor, 4/18/14

A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths. Striking close to the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the 7.2 magnitude quake sent people scurrying out of homes and hotels, causing brief panic from the Pacific coast to states in central and eastern parts of Mexico.

At least 127, mostly adobe homes were damaged in Guerrero. In the state capital Chilpancingo, a tower of the cathedral suffered cracks along with a few other public buildings, a spokesman for local emergency services said. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake’s epicenter was about 37 km (23 miles) north of the municipality of Tecpan de Galeana in Guerrero, and it struck at the relatively shallow depth of about 24 km (15 miles). Lasting more than a minute, the quake was felt as far away as the states Puebla and Tlaxcala in central eastern Mexico.

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Drug War Continues But Most Of Mexico Is Safe For Travel And Business, Experts Say

November 26, 2013

Tourists still heading to Tulum and other destinations in Mexico

Fox News Latino, 11/25/2013

Tucked into a protected bay on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Acapulco has in recent years become the poster child for how the country’s vicious drug war has turned a once idyllic tourist destination into a killing field.

Headless bodies, gang rapes of tourists and hours-long shootouts have driven even the hardiest of visitors away from the city’s famed beaches and high-rise hotels. Foreign visitors flying in have decreased from over 350,000 in 2006 to fewer than 61,000 in 2012 and the once popular spring break destination saw the number of U.S. college students visiting drop by 92 percent in the last three years.

While Acapulco – and border cities like Ciudad Juárez and Reynosa – have dominated the headlines for the gruesome drug violence, much of Mexico’s 761,606 square miles remain relatively safe for both tourists and business interests. Analysts and travel experts tend to agree that Mexico is both as dangerous and as safe as it ever has been; it just depends on where one travels.

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Mexico appears clear of storm that threatened Pacific coast

October 24, 2013

The Cliffs of La Quebrada in Acapulco

The Washington Post, 10/23/2013

The Pacific coast of Mexico, still smarting from the battering it took from a tropical storm last month, appears to have dodged another assault as a powerful storm moved away from the coast early Wednesday.

Conagua, the Mexican water commission, announced that the storm, formerly known as Hurricane Raymond, had been reclassified as a tropical storm. It was about 155 miles southwest of the resort city of Zihuatanejo Wednesday morning, and was moving west-southwest away from the coast at a clip of about 8 mph.

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Tropical Storm Raymond maintaining its strength as it moves away from Mexico

October 24, 2013

Photo by Flickr user au_tiger01

The Washington Post, 10/24/2013

Tropical Storm Raymond is maintaining its strength as it moves away from Mexico’s Pacific coast.

At its peak, Raymond was a Category 3 hurricane that threatened to collide with the Mexican coast, a region devastated by a storm last month. But Raymond spun in place offshore for more than a day before heading out to sea Wednesday.

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Raymond Weakens to Tropical Storm Near Mexico

October 23, 2013

The Cliffs of La Quebrada in Acapulco

The New York Times, 10/23/2013

Raymond weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm Wednesday and began moving away from Mexico’s Pacific coast, granting relief to a region devastated by storms last month.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Raymond’s maximum sustained winds decreased to near 65 mph (100 kph) with additional weakening possible over the next few days. At its peak, the storm was a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph (205 kph) that threatened to collide with the Mexican coast.

Hurricane Raymond Swirls Off Mexico, Hits Acapulco With More Rain

October 22, 2013

acapulcoThe New York Times, 10/21/2013

Ports were closed, school classes were suspended and hundreds of people were evacuated along Mexico’s southern Pacific coast on Monday as a major hurricane loomed over a region still recovering from record flooding a few weeks ago.

Raymond, a category three hurricane, weakened slightly on Monday night as it hovered about 145 km (90 miles) offshore.

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Raymond becomes major hurricane as it nears Mexico

October 21, 2013

USA Today, 10/21/2013

hurricaneHurricane Raymond strengthened to a Category 3 storm early Monday and threatened to hurl heavy new rains onto a sodden region of Mexico’s Pacific Coast already devastated by last month’s Tropical Storm Manuel.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the newly formed storm had nearly stalled offshore, about 165 miles west-southwest of Acapulco, and it was expected to move a little closer to the coast by Tuesday before veering back out to sea on Wednesday.

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Floods Devastate an Already Bankrupt and Blood-Soaked Acapulco

October 17, 2013

acapulcoThe New York Times, 10/17/2013

Gangland violence and looming bankruptcy had already all but obliterated the glitter of Acapulco before catastrophic flooding last month drove crocodiles onto the streets of the Mexican beach resort and turned much of it into a mud bath.

Once a playground for the rich and famous, by 2012 Acapulco had become the murder capital of Mexico, mired in a cycle of brutal slayings, kidnappings and extortion as drug gangs fought for control of the former pirate cove.
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13 federal police among 18 arrested in Mexico kidnapping probe

October 9, 2013

Los Angeles Times, 10/8/2013

Mexican Police catch drug dealer photo by Jesús Villaseca P Latitudes PressThirteen Mexican federal police officers are among 18 people arrested last week on suspicion of being part of a deadly kidnapping ring operating in the troubled Pacific resort city of Acapulco, government officials said Tuesday. The arrests on Wednesday and Friday probably will do little to improve the reputation of the federal police, an agency that former President Felipe Calderon, who left office in December, had hoped in vain to transform into Mexico’s most trustworthy crime-fighting force.

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Diving off a cliff: the demise of Acapulco

September 19, 2013

The Cliffs of La Quebrada in AcapulcoThe Economist, 9/19/2013

For the first time in 55 years, this week a hurricane and a tropical storm arrived almost simultaneously on Mexico’s Pacific and Gulf coasts, killing at least 80 people (with a further 58 missing) and leaving tens of thousands homeless. If that was a double dose of bad news on a three-day holiday weekend, Acapulco, the south-western resort where Hollywood divas once flirted with cliff-divers, was thrice-cursed. It bore the brunt of the storm just as it is struggling to overcome a collapse in tourism and the stigma of becoming Mexico’s most violent city. “Acapulco is sinking,” splashed Reforma, a newspaper.

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