‘Canta y no llores’ — ‘Sing and don’t cry.’ Mexico rebounds from earthquake aftermath with a renewed sense of national pride

9/25/2017 Los Angeles Times

Mexican flags poke from near the rubble piles of what were once homes, shops and offices.

A group of youthful cheerleaders marches down a street, clapping their hands while rhythmically chanting, “Mexico! Mexico!”

Bystanders gathered at the site of a flattened office building break into an impromptu rendition of “Cielito Lindo,” the iconic Mexican song, with its adversity-calming refrain: “Ay, ay, ay ay. Canta y no llores” — “Sing and don’t cry.”

Read more…

Advertisements

After Mexico Earthquake, Tremors of Anxiety

9/25/2017 The New York Times

Phantom earthquakes strike in the middle of the night, forcing the dreamers out of bed and into a state of panic. Others, their bodies running on five days of adrenaline, find sleeping and even eating impossible. False news reports ricochet through social media, fueled by fear.

While Mexico City’s physical recovery following last Tuesday’s earthquake is well underway, as streets and businesses open and the heaving rhythm of the capital returns, the mental recovery is only just starting. A manic dread hangs over the city as people wrestle with the lost comforts they once enjoyed in their neighborhoods and, more broadly, their lives.

There are reminders everywhere: buildings buckling, floes of concrete and brick spilling across sidewalks, familiar streets bifurcated by strands of red and yellow emergency tape and patrolled by soldiers in uniform. Service tents brim with volunteers, looking for ways to help, to turn angst into action.

Read more…

Mexico rescinds Texas aid offer after huge quake

09/11/2017 Reuters

cruz rojaMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has withdrawn its offer to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas due to demands on its emergency services from a massive earthquake that struck late last week, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Mexico’s government offered to send food, beds, generators, mobile kitchens as well as doctors after torrential rains from Harvey flooded vast parts of Houston.

But the earthquake that struck southern Mexico on Thursday killed at least 96 people and left some 2.5 million people in need of aid. Hurricane Katia also hit the Gulf state of Veracruz this weekend and heavy rains have stretched emergency services.

“Given these circumstance, the Mexican government will channel all available logistical support to serve the families and communities affected in the national territory,” the foreign ministry statement said.

Read more…

Thousands of homes wrecked by huge Mexican quake, death toll at 91

09/11/2017 Reuters

chiapasMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A massive earthquake off southern Mexico on Thursday night that killed at least 91 people damaged tens of thousands of homes and afflicted upwards of two million people in the poorer south, state officials said, as more details of the disaster emerged.

 

The 8.1 magnitude quake off the coast of Chiapas state was stronger than a 1985 temblor that flattened swaths of Mexico City and killed thousands. However, its greater depth and distance helped save the capital from more serious damage.

On Saturday, authorities in the southern state of Oaxaca said there were 71 confirmed fatalities there, many of them in the town of Juchitan, where the rush to bury victims crowded a local cemetery at the weekend.

Read more…

Mexico Earthquake, Strongest in a Century, Kills Dozens

9/8/2017 New York Times 

MEXICO CITY — The most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years struck off the nation’s Pacific Coast late Thursday, rattling millions of residents in Mexico City with its violent tremors, killing at least 32 people and leveling some areas in the southern part of the country, closer to the quake’s epicenter.

(Imelda Medina/Reuters)

About 50 million people across Mexico felt the earthquake, which had a magnitude of 8.2, the government said. In the capital, the force of the temblor sent residents of the megacity fleeing into the streets at midnight, shaken by alarms blaring over loudspeakers and a full minute of tremors.

 

Read more…

At least six die in huge Mexico quake; small tsunami triggered

9/8/2017 Reuters

oaxacaMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 8.1 struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, killing at least six people and triggering small tsunami waves but no major destruction.

The quake was apparently stronger than a devastating 1985 tremor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands, but this time damage to the city was limited.

A number of buildings suffered severe damage in parts of southern Mexico. Some of the worst initial reports came from Juchitan in Oaxaca state, where sections of the town hall, a hotel, a bar and other buildings were reduced to rubble.

Read more…

Katia Is Expected To Strengthen in the Southern Gulf of Mexico; Hurricane Warnings Issued

9/7/2017 Weather.com

(Weather.com) – Hurricane Katia may strengthen into a major hurricane, with winds of 111 mph or higher, before making landfall in eastern Mexico by this weekend.cone graphic

Katia continues to meander in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico just over 200 miles east of Tampico, Mexico.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for the coast of Mexico from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde in the state of Veracruz. Tropical storm warnings are also in effect from north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

Read more…