Giant Swell, Meet Acapulco.

by Owen James Burke

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Local news reports were likening the storm surge to a miniature tsunami. Screenshot from Terra México‘s video (below).

The same 25-foot, 25-second period swell that brought Puerto Escondido the biggest waves it’s ever seen (as a surf spot) just reached up from the depths off Acapulco and swamped the city’s resort-lined shores. Pools flooded, people were trapped on the pool deck and buried in rubble, and at least one man in Acapulco is reported dead after the powerful surge, while several other casualties and missing persons have been reported along Latin America’s west coast from Chile to Mexico.

Monday, 4 May 2015

As always, the debris will soon be swept aside and the throngs of blubber-bellied Americans and Europeans will soon reappear. Unfortunately, it may not be so easy for the local fishing communities, which, unlike many resort-goers, understand the perils of the sea, but live at its doorstep out of necessity, and not by choice.

Here’s to a quick recovery to all the local communities. -OJB

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