(Swine Flu and) an Earthquake, too

Apparently, Mexico City was just struck by an earthquake, measuring 5.7 (or 6.0) on the Richter Scale.  That’s pretty sizable, as far as earthquakes go, but not a monster.  Preliminary reports — the news was on in a store I passed — indicate the temblor was centered in the state of Guerrero, possibly near the city of Chilpancingo, closer to Acapulco, three hours by car to the southwest of the city.

Of course, like a true California native, I didn’t feel a thing.  I only found out when, 15 minutes later, I passed a huge group of office workers gathered on a corner.  They all had masks on, so I thought there might have been some flu announcement.  Anyways, the power’s on and workers have returned to their buildings.

That said, the flu, earthquakes… what comes next?  This hasn’t been a good weekend for the chilangos of Mexico City.  And, including the drug war, it’s been a terrible year for Mexico’s tourism.  I think I need to take a trip to the beach.


México, D.F.


2 Responses

  1. Things aren’t looking good for Mexico, are they? Hopefully they’ll get this swine flu under control. http://tinyurl.com/cfqeog

  2. Media always skews perception with pictures of drama, but the truth is that Mexico, at least right now, is just fine. From another perspective, the relatively weak value of the peso and drop in tourism means that there are some great deals for beach holidays down here.

    Speaking of the fallacy of gloom and doom:
    I’m in no hurry. // You go run and tell your friends I’m losing touch. // Fill their heads with rumors of impending doom. // It must be true.
    — The Killers

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