A groundswell warning for the beaches of Puerto Escondido and elsewhere on the Oaxaca coast is in effect for the weekend, state and federal authorities reported.
The mar de fondo alert issued by the navy indicates the effects of this phenomenon will peak during the early hours on Saturday, generating waves as high as seven to 10 meters. Access to some beaches will be restricted as a preventive measure.
The state Ministry of Tourism urges people to follow the recommendations issued by security forces and local authorities, which include avoiding walking on the beach, participating in water sports and swimming in the ocean.
It also urged tourist service providers to join prevention efforts by sharing the alert and recommendations with visitors. They were also advised to remove furniture from the beach area, protect equipment and small boats, and keep an eye on the notices from the harbormaster.
Residents and visitors are advised to follow the instructions given by the authorities and security corporations, the alert explained, adding that while the groundswell is a natural phenomenon that can be beneficial for marine ecosystems, it can be dangerous for human life if the necessary precautions are not taken.
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In Mexico, the mar de fondo, or groundswell, event takes place on the Pacific coast, with Oaxaca being one of the main states impacted by it. This weekend’s alert also extends to the neighboring states of Chiapas and Guerrero.
With reports by RIOaxaca