When they said it was a 7.9 on the Richter scale, I had to go to my favorite earthquake site to check it out. Since the quake hit rural areas, it was hard to find much information. Everything on the TV news was about the people in México City, where they felt the quake quite strongly. The city is built over a lake and I question its stability on a good day, but after the big quake in '85 the 'Chilangos' knew what to do. So far still no injuries have been reported, but there has been a lot of structural damage. Damage closer to the epicenter is harder to learn about since it struck in an area in small pueblos which are very remote and hidden in the mountains.
A few of the comments I read while moderating yesterday said in reference to the quake 'somehow Obama will get involved in this too.' And I am sure he did. I haven't read any news yet today, but I am aware his daughter was on a school trip to Oaxaca. So the commenter was right. I do hope they don't BLAME him like they usually do for absolutely everything. There wasn't much to damage in Oaxaca, mostly low structures, so I bet she is fine but a little shook up.
And now to the heart of this blog. The news I read yesterday that fascinates me is reprinted below. The entire state of Chiapas planned a big earthquake drill for yesterday at noon. To get all of the state to participate is difficult, most of Chiapas is extremely rural. However 16,300 schools closed, and the government agencies and military were all out in force to pretend they had just been struck by a 7.9 earthquake. This is not a hoax or information that was published after the fact. They would have had to plan this for a while to get everyone involved. I am completely beside myself with this coincidence, incredulous you could say. Check it out.
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