One thousand buildings destroyed or damaged in Oaxaca after Feb. 16 earthquake

One thousand buildings destroyed or damaged in Oaxaca after Feb. 16 earthquake

Feb 20, 2018

After walking the streets of the community of Pinotepa Nacional, in the southern state of Oaxaca, and the epicenter of the 7.2 earthquake which shook Mexico last Friday Feb. 16, Governor, Alejandro Murat, claimed a preliminary survey has thus far reported 1,000 damaged buildings. Joined by the Minister of Social Development, Eviel Pérez, Murat stated damages have also been reported in 44 municipalities of Oaxaca; for this reason, his administration has requested the Disaster Declaration to the Ministry of the Interior, agency which will assess the extent of the damage to determine the corresponding compensation. Classes at public and private institutions have been suspended at the disaster area until the damage survey is concluded, according to Murat. The Governor also said he has issued the order to the Civil Protection Coordination of Oaxaca to coordinate the reconstruction of homes and school buildings, and the implementation of temporary attention centers so citizens can file their reports before the proper authorities. No fatal victims have been reported, according to the information shared by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on his Tweeter account: “So far, the National Emergency Committee hasn’t reported any fatal victim of the quake.” said Peña on Twitter. Source: El...

Earthquake of 4.1 recorded 15 miles east of Mexicali on Saturday, February 17

Earthquake of 4.1 recorded 15 miles east of Mexicali on Saturday, February 17

Feb 19, 2018

On the night of Saturday, February 17, there was an earthquake of magnitude 4.1 points in the Richter scale, east of Mexicali, reported the National Seismological Service. The quake was located 27 kilometers east of this municipality, latitude 32.64 ° and longitude -115.18 °, with a depth of 4 kilometers. So far no damages have been reported. It should be mentioned that hours later, another tremor of magnitude 3.4 was registered, 85 kilometers east of Rodolfo Sánchez, Taboada (Maneadero), with a depth of 5 kilometers. In total there have been 4 earthquakes reported by the SSN between February 17 and 19 in the state of Baja California, with the 4.1 registered to the east of Mexicali being the highest intensity. At 17:04 hours on Saturday, February 17: Earthquake of magnitude 2.7 points in the Richter Scale, located 60 kilometers north of San Felipe, BC, with a depth of 4 km. At 6:06 pm on Saturday, February 17: Earthquake of magnitude 2.6 points in the Richter Scale, located 73 kilometers southwest of Guadalupe Victoria, BC, with a depth of 16 km. At 23:49 hours on Saturday, February 17: Earthquake of magnitude 4.1 points in the Richter Scale, located 27 kilometers east of Mexicali, BC, with a depth of 4 km. At 03:20 hours on Sunday, February 18: Earthquake of magnitude 3.4 points in the Richter Scale, located 85 kilometers east of Rodolfo Sánchez Toboada (Maneadero), BC, with a depth of 5 km. Source:  Sismológico Nacional (@SSNMexico) 18 de febrero de...

Earthquakes cause evacuations from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara

Earthquakes cause evacuations from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara

Feb 11, 2018

On Friday Feb. 9, the National Seismological Service reported two different earthquaks in Jalisco, one magnitude 4.5 and another magnitude 5.9, the governor of the state, Aristóteles Sandoval, confirmed the information and asked to remain calm. The government of Guadalajara reported the preventive evacuation of approximately 5,000 people from the Municipal Palace, and other public and governmental buildings, as well as in the municipalities of Zapopan and Tlajomulco; in addition, some schools were asked to evacuate in Puerto Vallarta as a precaution. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred at about 8:05 a.m. Central Standard Time (14:05 GMT) Friday. It was centered about 19 miles (30 kilometers) off the coast near the border between the states of Jalisco and Colima. The Jalisco state civil defense office said initial inspections revealed no injuries or damages attributable to the quake. Sources: State Gov. Aristóteles Sandoval, Jalisco Fire Chief Lopez Rivas, Mexico SSN (Servicio Sismológico Nacional), US. Geological...

Spectacular eclipse of the blue blood supermoon on January 31

Spectacular eclipse of the blue blood supermoon on January 31

Jan 29, 2018

The moon is providing a rare triple treat this week. On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only a blue moon and a supermoon, but also a total lunar eclipse, all rolled into one. There hasn’t been a triple lineup like this since 1982 and the next won’t occur until 2037. The eclipse will be visible best in the western half of the U.S. and Canada before the moon sets early Wednesday morning, and across the Pacific into Asia as the moon rises Wednesday night into Thursday. The U.S. East Coast will be out of luck; the moon will be setting just as the eclipse gets started. Europe and most of Africa and South America also will pretty much miss the show. A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. A supermoon is a particularly close full or new moon, appearing somewhat brighter and bigger. A total lunar eclipse — or blood moon for its reddish tinge — has the moon completely bathed in Earth’s shadow. “I’m calling it the Super Bowl of moons,” lunar scientist Noah Petro said Monday from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Others prefer “super blue blood moon.” Either way, it’s guaranteed to impress, provided the skies are clear. The moon will actually be closest to Earth on Tuesday — just over 223,000 miles (359,000 kilometers). That’s about 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) farther than the supermoon on Jan. 1. Midway through Wednesday’s eclipse, the moon will be even farther away — 223,820 miles (360,200 kilometers) — but still within unofficial supermoon guidelines. While a supermoon is considered less serious and scientific than an eclipse, it represents a chance to encourage people to start looking at the moon, according to Petro. “I’m a lunar scientist. I love the moon. I want to advocate for the moon,” he said. Throw in a blue moon, and “that’s too good of an opportunity to pass,” according to Petro.   As the sun lines up perfectly with the Earth and then moon for the eclipse, scientists will make observations from a telescope in Hawaii, while also collecting data from NASA’s moon-circling Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched...

At least 15 killed after major mudslide in Santa Barbara, California

At least 15 killed after major mudslide in Santa Barbara, California

Jan 10, 2018

At least 15 people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations on Tuesday as heavy rain sent mud and boulders sliding down hills stripped of vegetation by southern California’s recent wildfires. Rescue crews used helicopters to lift people to safety because of blocked roads, and firefighters slogged through waist-high mud to pull a muck-covered 14-year-old girl out of the ruins of a home in Montecito, north-west of Los Angeles, where she had been trapped for hours. She was taken away on a stretcher. Most deaths were believed to have occurred in Montecito, a wealthy enclave of about 9,000 people north-west of Los Angeles that is home to such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres, said Santa Barbara County spokesman David Villalobos. Winfrey’s home survived the storm and slides. At least 25 people were injured. Those numbers could increase when the search is deepened and expanded, with a major search-and-rescue team arriving from nearby Los Angeles County and help from the coastguard and national guard along with law enforcement. They will focus first on finding survivors. “Right now our assets are focused on determining if anyone is still alive in any of those structures that have been damaged,” Sheriff Bill Brown of Santa Barbara County said. The sheriff said “at least several dozen homes that have been either destroyed or severely damaged, and likely many other ones are in areas that are as-yet inaccessible.”   Click here for full article on The Guardian Source: The...

Earthquake of 4.2 causes no damage in Valle de la Trinidad, Ensenada

Earthquake of 4.2 causes no damage in Valle de la Trinidad, Ensenada

Jan 9, 2018

The City Council of the port of Ensenada, through their Municipal Civil Protection Department, announced that an earthquake was recorded on Sunday January 7, at 11:30 am without any damage being reported. The director of Civil Protection of the municipal government, Jaime Nieto de Maria y Campos stated that the earthquake was recorded northwest of the town of Valle de la Trinidad. The Seismic Network of Northwest Mexico in its web portal indicated that in the last three days there have been a total of three earthquakes associated with the main geological faults of the region. He added that the largest event occurred on January 7, 2018, and reports that it occurred at 12:30 PM, local time. He added that the magnitude of the earthquake was 4.2 and the epicenter was located 27.9 kilometers northwest of the town of Valle de la Trinidad, Baja California. Source: Protección Civil Municipal de...