Safety Updates: September 2017

September 20

In the past two weeks Mexico has experienced two large earthquakes. Late Thursday, 07 September 2017, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Chiapas. The earthquake caused more than 90 deaths and severe damage to buildings (homes, business, hospitals, etc.) within many areas. (New York Times) On Tuesday, 19 September 2017, Mexico City was remembering the 1985 8.0M earthquake that tragically killed over 5,000 people. Many buildings throughout the city conducted earthquake drills and were preparing people for what to do in the event of an earthquake. At approximately 13.15 (local… Read more

September 19

  Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Taxify have been introduced to South Africa over the last several years. Drivers for these companies have been met with hostility, such as threats and protests, from taxi drivers who claim these ride-sharing businesses have an unfair advantage because they are not held to the same operating requirements and regulations as the taxi drivers and taxi companies resulting in lower fares for customers. The clashes between TNCs and taxi drivers have escalated to attacks on drivers and their vehicles. Recently, in the Sandton district, one… Read more

September 5

Hurricane season for the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico will last through November 2017, with most storms developing between May and October.   Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017 at the Texas coast as a Category 4 storm. This was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in 12 years; causing significant structural damage, severe flooding and recent reports state 66 deaths (1 in Guyana). In the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane, with winds measuring at 187mph (the National Hurricane Center states category 5… Read more

September 2

As you are likely aware, North Korea’s state-run news agency on 9 August said that the military was examining plans to strike areas around Guam (US) with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles. The threat was allegedly made in reaction to maneuvers on 8 August by US B-1B bombers and Japanese and South Korean aircraft over the Korean peninsula; the bombers flew from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. The North Korean threat also coincided with a statement from US president Donald Trump threatening that North Korea would ‘face fire and fury like the world has never seen’. While the… Read more