Earthquakes in Acapulco, Mexico

Earthquakes, Acapulco, Mexico   Mexico has a lot of earthquakes, but the Mexican people prefer to call them "tremors". Acapulco is situated in an earthquake zone, so it is affected more than other parts of Mexico. In the first two weeks of January, 2004 we felt around five decent sized earthquakes (err. . . I mean, "tremors") ranging from 5 to 6 on the Richter Scale. Three of them were on New Years Day, so at first I did not know whether it was I or the earth doing the shaking.

I lived on the top floor of a ten-story building, so I probably felt them more than other people. The locals barely seem to notice them because they occur with such regular frequency, but my body seems to feel the aftershocks for several days afterwards. I haven't seen or heard of any damage from them, other than my electricity meter shown in the photo above. In true Mexican fashion, my landlord repaired the damage with a coat hanger. There's really not a lot you can do about an earthquake. I believe that the majority of the better hotels & resorts are constructed to survive earthquakes. But you never know when a big one might hit. On a similar note, you never know when an asteroid will strike the earth either.

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