A major 7.7 magnitude earthquake has shaken Mexico, 120 miles east of Acapulco near Oaxaca, swaying buildings as far away as Mexico City.
U.S. government employees and their families are not permitted to drive for personal reasons from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior of Mexico or Central America.
The rising number of kidnappings and disappearances throughout Mexico is of particular concern.
We strongly advise you to lower your profile and avoid displaying any evidence of wealth that might draw attention.
Oaxaca City: There have been ongoing demonstrations and protests in Oaxaca City due to civil unrest since June 2006. Several groups have engaged in violent demonstrations in Oaxaca City, which resulted in the death of an American citizen in October 2006.
American citizens should avoid participating in demonstrations and other activities that might be deemed political by the Mexican authorities.
The Mexican Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners, and such actions may result in detention and/or deportation.
Oaxaca (coastal): There have been a number of drownings along the beaches of the southern coast of Oaxaca. Swimmers are advised that currents can quickly become treacherous, even for accomplished swimmers.
Mexico’s defense department is confirming that Ignacio ” Nacho ” Coronel Villareal, a capo in the Sinaloa drug cartel, was killed during a military raid in a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Coronel refused to be arrested and died in a gunfight with a unit of the Mexican army. One soldier was shot to death by ” Nacho ” before he, himself was killed.
Coronel was on the FBI’s most wanted list for cocaine and methamphetamine, charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to import a controlled substance.
There was a $5 Million USD reward by the US State Department and the FBI for information leading to Nacho Coronel’s capture.
More than 23,000 people have been murdered in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon declared war on Mexican drug cartels in December 2006.
Ciudad Juarez has become the world’s most dangerous city. A killing ground of unimaginable proportion, with over 5200 murders so far in 2010.
90% of the cocaine now enters the US from Mexico. 90% of weapons enter Mexico from the USA.
The drug trade betwen Mexico and the United States is an estimated $60 Billion USD business.
Tensions are rising on the Korean peninsula for North and South Korea who are still officially at war.
North Korea is threatening to use its ” nuclear deterrent ” in response to joint naval exercises between 8,000 US and South Korea troops, 190 aircraft and 20 ships including the nuclear-powered supercarrier USS George Washington.
The four day ” Invincible Spirit ” War Games began on Sunday in Sea of Japan waters, near nuclear-armed North Korea, and will include anti-submarine maneuvers.
US State Department spokesman PJ Crowley tried to calm tensions, saying the planned exercises were defensive in nature. The maneuvers are not intended to provoke a response but are to send Pyongyang a message that further aggression in the region will not be tolerated.
The official Korean Central News Agency reported on Monday that Kim Yong Chun, North Korea’s defense chief was quoted in Pyongyang as saying ” Should the US imperialists and South Korea puppet forces finally ignite a new war of aggression, North Korea will mobilize the tremendous military potential including its nuclear deterrence for self-defense and thus wipe out the aggressors.”
North Korean state television reported: The Army and people of the DPRK will start a retaliatory sacred war of their own style based on a nuclear deterrent to the US imperialists and the South Korea puppet forces who are deliberately pushing the situation to the brink of war.