5.1 earthquake registered northeast of San José del Cabo

5.1 earthquake registered northeast of San José del Cabo

Sep 22, 2017

According to a report by the National Seismological Service, at 11:33 pm on Thursday September 21, an earthquake of 5.1 points in the Richter scale occurred to the northeast of San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur. The preliminary report states that the quake took place at 00:33 Mexico City time. Users of the social network Twitter reported through their accounts that they also felt it in Sinaloa. In total, 92 of these natural phenomena have been recorded so far this year in this state, most of them to the north, near the municipalities of Ahome and Guasave. The tremor of greater magnitude was a 5.5 in the Richter scale, registered on the 29 of March, in front of...

Storm-damaged Riu resorts in Los Cabos to reopen

Storm-damaged Riu resorts in Los Cabos to reopen

Sep 14, 2017

While the world’s attention was riveted on the devastation being caused in Texas by Hurricane Harvey, Tropical Storm Lidia was all but ignored by news organizations when it slammed into the Los Cabos section of Mexico’s Baja California Sur region on Sept. 1. Although it was nowhere near as devastating as Harvey, two Los Cabos resorts were damaged to the point that they were forced to close. They are only now preparing to reopen. The Riu Palace Los Cabos will reopen Wednesday, and its sister property, the Riu Santa Fe Los Cabos, remains closed until the end of next week. According to news reports, four people were killed in the storm. Los Cabos Mayor Arturo de la Rosa Escalante told CBS News that two people were electrocuted by power lines, a woman drowned after being swept away by water on a flooded street and a baby was ripped from a mother’s arms as she crossed a flooded area. Video after the fact showed cars on the beach, roads covered in mud and part of a resort pool collapsed into the beach. According to a statement from the Los Cabos Tourism Authority, beaches were closed through the middle of last week and a number of hotels sustained minor damage but are now fully operational. The Riu hotels apparently were the only properties forced to close. Riu officials did not post any information on their websites about damage at the properties, but a spokeswoman said the company was working hard to get the hotels reopened. Virginia Casado said the Riu Palace would reopen on Sept. 13, and the Riu Santa Fe was set to reopen Sept. 23. She did not provide details about the extent of the damage. The tourism board on Monday said the airport is fully operational, tourist activity is back to normal, and most hotels are operating at full capacity....

West Shore businesses send money to Cabo San Lucas after storm

West Shore businesses send money to Cabo San Lucas after storm

Sep 12, 2017

Several West Shore business owners have sent $5,000 to residents in the resort city of Cabo San Lucas, which was hit hard last week by tropical storm Lidia. The group sent the aid to a pastor with whom Langford Mayor Stew Young has longstanding charitable relationship. “If you’re on a holiday and going to those areas, it’s great to have fun,” Young said. “But you want to leave a little bit behind. When this kind of thing happens down there, obviously it’s devastating to the people and the economy.” The money was raised through Young’s company, the Alpine Group, and other Langford businesses.   The connection to Cabo San Lucas has resulted in several fundraising initiatives over the years, including an annual fishing derby for children. “It’s a loose organization, but we put the money where it’s needed,” Young said. “It’s not going through some organization in Mexico City. We know these people, and we know their plight. So we go directly to where it’s needed.” Young said he hopes to raise another $5,000, noting the effects of the storm will be felt for some time. “It would take us a month to get supplies and send it down, so sending money is a bit more immediate.” The city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, where Young has vacationed since 1984, is about an hour from the area with the most severe damage. Other donations include a decommissioned Langford Fire Rescue truck and an Alpine-branded boat used for fishing and whale-watching ventures. Young said the boat was out of the water at the time and not damaged. “If it was in the water, it would be very...

Taxi drivers voluntarily join the cleaning campaign in Cabo

Taxi drivers voluntarily join the cleaning campaign in Cabo

Sep 7, 2017

In order to reestablish the order in the municipality in a timely manner, more than 40 taxi drivers of the group known as “El Arco” joined the cleaning campaigns, working this Wednesday on streets and avenues of downtown Cabo San Lucas. In that sense, the director of Municipal Public Services, Raymundo Zamora Ceseña, said that work continues on the main sector of Cabo San Lucas “Centro”, and he sent an open invitation to the different sectors of society to support the rapid recovery of this important tourist destination. Meanwhile, the municipal official expressed his gratitude to the public transport workers and taxi drivers who attended the call, because when they join as volunteers with absolutely no salary, they made clear that these actions are carried out by the commitment they have with society, with their families and with their city. “Garbage collection is already working normally, streets and accesses to rural and urban areas are being rehabilitated, and all services are now working normally every day of the week. Finally, we want to thank all the private companies who are supporting us with equipment, excavating machines, bobcats and other machinery for the rehabilitation of streets and roads”, the director general concluded....

State Health authorities banned the use of beaches in Baja California Sur

State Health authorities banned the use of beaches in Baja California Sur

Sep 6, 2017

State Health authorities banned the use of beaches in Baja California Sur as a preventive measure to avoid diseases, as there is a lot of garbage as part of tropical storm “Lidia’s” aftermath. Blanca Pulido Medrano, head of the Coepris in BCS, confirmed that the measure is established for at least three days. The municipality of Los Cabos, received the large amounts of sediment. She indicated that this is a precautionary measure and urged the population, residents and tourists, to comply with instructions to avoid skin diseases or other type of infections. Pulido Medrano pointed out that they are collecting samples on the beaches of the five municipalities of the state to avoid any risk. She stated that inspection and monitoring brigades have been deployed not only from Coepris, but from the federal agency and the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control (Cenaprece), not only for the beach area but also in restaurants, in order to prevent any fodd contamination. “For now, there is a restriction for a number of restaurants in the municipalities of Los Cabos and La Paz, due to a spill of sewage in both areas. This measure is necessary to prevent diseases,” Pulido Medrano concluded. Source: El...

“Even when it was just a tropical storm, Lidia hit us harder than a hurricane”: People of Cabo

“Even when it was just a tropical storm, Lidia hit us harder than a hurricane”: People of Cabo

Sep 2, 2017

The people of Cabo will never forget August 31, when Lidia, without reaching the category of hurricane, covered the entire territory with cloudiness and caused havoc as it had not happened for a long time. Hundreds residents of Los Cabos, through social networks were reporting minute by minute the situation in their communities, refering to the magnitude of the phenomenon. “It’s too much water, my God, when is it going to stop?” People wrote on social networks. “What’s going on down the road? We hear a lot of shouting, “said Andrea Perez in a Facebook group that caused more than 300 comments. They asked for help for family and friends in the Lagunitas, Caribbean, Tierra y Libertad neighborhoods;  the Riu and the City Express hotels were totally flooded; people described how the cars were being washed away by the current or how the water rose all the way up to the second floor of a house. The collapse of a four-story building in Colonia Chulavista of Cabo San Lucas was reported on social networks too. Photographs, videos, prayers, laments, memories, everything was shared and as the night went by and the dawn brought images of destruction all over Cabo. Social networks played a fundamental role, because that was how authorities got to know the level of damage. The images of a looted Oxxo, the video of a car dragged by the current, photographs of cars piled up and muddled, cries of help because 911 collapsed. They simply did not answer anymore. On Facebook, Mrs. Ydequel Gutiérrez began organizing the community to bring help to Colonia Bajo Caribe, where dozens of families were trapped in their homes built of wood and cardboard, “with water upr to their waist”, says the woman. Interviewed by EL UNIVERSAL, she stated that she had no major problems, but her neighbors did have a bad time. “Poor people, down there. As soon as the rains stopped we started to help them, ” she says. Gutierrez arrived in Los Cabos 12 years ago, from Sinaloa. She is familiar with cyclones; However, she recounts, “The storm hit us harder than Hurricane Odile in 2014. It was windy and there was not so much damage from the water accumulation. Source:...