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Old 11-14-2010   #31 (permalink)
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Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.
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My thoughts and prayers are with those involved in this very sad tragedy...
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Old 11-14-2010   #33 (permalink)
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How horribly sad and tragic.........
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Old 11-14-2010   #34 (permalink)
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This resort is north of Playa, directly north of Xcalacoco.

We live in Selvamar, which sits between the Princess and the highway. I kept hearing ambulances mid-late morning, but had no idea why until now.

thanks i think i can picture the location...thanks
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So sad

This is where my husband and I honeymooned over the summer, we spent a lot of time in that very lounge...I am so sad over it. We were just about to book it for next summer for our anniversary. I am so sad about this, I hope all of our fav employees that we spent the summer with are ok. I just can't believe it...really grieving.
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Old 11-14-2010   #36 (permalink)
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so very sad. my thoughts and prayers are with those affected.
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This is truly sad, such a beautiful resort too.. I'm scheduled to head to the other side Grand Sunset in 27 days, I'm sure things will be cleaned up by then I hope... Not sure if I should consider moving to another resort...
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Any lose of life is a terrible tragedy and made worse by people just vacationing and having a good time.

I don't know what the cause of the explosion was but I believe the Grand Princess might have been built on destroyed mangrove areas and the buildup of methane gas from the former mangrove/swamp area could be the cause of the explosion. When will builders here learn not to mess with Mother Nature.

This is truly a tragedy and more than one way.
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Al, you are right, there is a great deal of mangrove in the area of that resort.

They were actually supposed to start building a second phase of that resort this year, on the north side next to Grand Velas, but so far nada. I wonder if the delay is related to the mangrove issue.
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I don't know what the cause of the explosion was but I believe the Grand Princess might have been built on destroyed mangrove areas and the buildup of methane gas from the former mangrove/swamp area could be the cause of the explosion. When will builders here learn not to mess with Mother Nature.
The reports on the BBC here are quoting the following (which would appear to bear that out Al):

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Quintana Roo state prosecutor Francisco Alor said the floor of the hotel was blasted through the ceiling by the force of the explosion, blowing out windows and scattering debris over a wide area. He told local media that investigations were under way to see if the hotel, which sits on a concrete platform on a swampy area near the beach, had been properly built. "The report suggests an accumulation of gases produced by decomposing organic material in the subsoil, and this gas produced the explosion," he said. "Expert examiners and civil defence personnel will have to determine if the underground space filled with swampy water that remained in this zone when the building was constructed four years ago, could have generated this type of gases," he said.
It is tragic.
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Al, you are right, there is a great deal of mangrove in the area of that resort.

They were actually supposed to start building a second phase of that resort this year, on the north side next to Grand Velas, but so far nada. I wonder if the delay is related to the mangrove issue.
Although I have never been there, I figured that that area was a mangrove area. If the cause of the explosion turns out to be swamp gas (mathane build up) I would hope the builders/developers would be held resposible for the tragedy.
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agreed...if there was improper building techniques then someone has to be held accountable.
from what i have seen there, they have preserved the mangrove and did not build on it. there is only a little strip of mangrove between the beach and the resort building and that has been restored. a look to either side on the neighbouring property shows this little strip continuing, and that the mangrove was not setback as far as the buildings. so it does not appear that this was in fact built on/into the mangrove and that a proper buffer was in place.

i do hope though that the resort looks after the families of the staff lost today.
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Although I have never been there, I figured that that area was a mangrove area. If the cause of the explosion turns out to be swamp gas (mathane build up) I would hope the builders/developers would be held resposible for the tragedy.
I hope that the government officials that turned their heads as they were lining their pockets will be held responsible. Not likely.
It's horribly unfortunate that it takes a tragedy like this to bring issues to light.
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I hope that the government officials that turned their heads as they were lining their pockets will be held responsible. Not likely.
It's horribly unfortunate that it takes a tragedy like this to bring issues to light.
As my Mexican friend that has lived in Playa for 27 years put it to me so eloquently today, "Sometimes corruption goes in your favor and sometimes corrupton goes against you". If gov't officials are eventually deemed responsible for this tragedy - hopefully it is time that things went against them and its time for them to pay the piper!
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