Mexico’s earthquake aftermath threatens political tremors

10/16/2017 Financial Times

“You go — leave me,” Flor Carillo’s bedridden 78-year-old mother implored when the most devastating earthquake in three decades struck Mexico City last month.

Reluctantly, Ms Carillo did — only to watch her parents’ fifth-floor apartment crushed from above. One of hundreds of buildings in Mexico City now cordoned off, the wrecked block looks almost normal from the front, until you spot that one floor appears to be missing and the one below it looks as if it has shrunk. The back of the building tells a starker story: the concrete is buckled and extruded “like a cake whose filling has oozed out”, says Ms Carillo. Her mother died.

Now the building — erected in the early 1970s on a plot bought by Ms Carillo’s grandfather and still owned by the family — has to be torn down. “Mexico is still standing” goes the current catchphrase, commending the solidarity shown by civilians rushing to join rescue efforts after the September 19 quake. But as the demolition work began this week, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of buildings like Ms Carillo’s are going.

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Largest Marine Protected Area in North America to Be Created off Mexico

Caribbean reef with fish.jpg10/6/2017 National Geographic

The Revillagigedo marine reserve will protect a vast area in the Pacific and is home to many sharks, rays, and other life.

On October 5, the Mexican government announced its intent to create a new marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean, the largest protected area of its kind in North America.

Alejandro Del Mazo Maza, representing Mexico’s National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, announced the massive planned expansion of the Revillagigedo marine park at the Our Ocean conference in Malta.

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Mexico to Receive $150 Million From Catastrophe Bond After Quake

10/10/2017 New York Times

Source: ABC News

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s will receive a pay out of $150 million from a catastrophe bond after a Sept. 7 quake met parameters for magnitude, location and depth, the finance ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Mexico quake: in the ruins of home

10/10/2017 Reuters

Rubble is all that remains of hundreds of houses rend asunder by the earthquake that struck Mexico in September, leaving owners lodging with relatives or friends, hoping their homes can be rebuilt or they can find new ones.

At least 369 people died in the 7.1 magnitude quake that hit central Mexico, causing more devastation in the capital than any since the 1985 disaster that killed thousands.

Damage to housing was particularly striking in central areas of the country close to the epicentre of the quake southeast of Mexico City in the states of Puebla and Morelos.

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Mexico City begins demolishing earthquake-damaged buildings

10/9/2017 ABC News

Source: ABC News

Mexico City began demolishing on Monday the first of an estimated 150 to 200 buildings that were badly damaged by a Sept. 19 earthquake, the head of the city’s construction safety institute said.

The 7.1 magnitude quake killed 369 people and completely collapsed at least 38 structures, mostly apartment buildings. About a half-dozen others partly collapsed.

But Mexico City’s construction safety chief Renato Berron said hundreds of other buildings suffered serious structural damage. He said some will be repaired or reinforced, but the priority will be to demolish structures that are endangering neighboring buildings or passersby.

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Hurricane Nate shuts down about 90% of Gulf of Mexico oil production

10/9/2017 CNBC

Oil production slowed to a trickle in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend as energy companies turned off the taps and evacuated workers in preparation for Hurricane Nate.

More than 92 percent of crude output was offline in the nation’s offshore production hub as of Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Energy companies also “shut in” nearly 78 percent of natural gas production, the bureau estimated, based on reports from companies.

The storm developed into a hurricane on Friday night and strengthened as it passed through the central Gulf of Mexico, before making landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River. U.S. producers shut down about 300 of the 737 offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to avoid potential damage.

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Mexico City prosecutors open criminal inquiries into buildings damaged in the deadly earthquake

10/05/2017 LA Times

justice-systemIt hit the headlines as Ground Zero of a catastrophe, but the Enrique Rebsamen school soon became a global focus of hope amid the devastation of last month’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

Breathless TV reports recounted the inspirational tale of Frida Sofia — the 12-year-old who had miraculously survived in the rubble following the collapse of a school wing that killed 19 fellow students and seven adults.

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