Extreme storm surge ‘Mar de fondo’ sends giant waves along the Pacific coast from Mexico to Chile killing 3 and evacuating hundreds

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Heavy surge with giant waves hits the Pacific coast Saturday from Mexico to Chile.

Results: Three dead, one missing and hundreds of evacuated…

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In Panama, a person was swept away by the killer waves.

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This first video was captured at the Hotel Decameron in Farallón, Río Hato, Panama:

In Mexico, a man drowned on the beach in Acapulco, where four-meter high waves smashed houses of the coast and flooded the streetsas shown in the video below:

In the city of Valparaiso, Chile, a European tourist was washed away and another injured.

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A 14 year old boy is reported missing in Salvador, near the town of Playa Metalio.

Many people have been rescued and some 400 people were evacuated as violent waves devastated more than 50 homes along the countries’ coasts.

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This strong swell – also known as Marejada o Mar de Fondo in spanish – is a phenomenon coming back each year.

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Mexican authorities believe they are triggered by violent storms and winds offshore.

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The deadly phenomenon is expected to continue in the next four days. So, sportsmen and fishermen be cautious!

Related readings:

Strong waves kill three along South American Pacific coast – 20min

Giant waves hit pacific coast – Telemetro

Amazing pictures of Mar de Fondo in Iquique – T13

10-meter high waves in Acapulco – Noticieros

Big waves in Costa Rica – Ticotimes

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