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Day of the Strange Fog in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

View of Playa La Ropa from Casa Leo - click to enlarge

View of Playa La Ropa from Casa Leo - click to enlarge

The day of April 10, 2012 started off like any other day of Zihuatanejo’s peak holiday season during Semana de Pascua (Easter week). Tourists were enjoying the beaches and frolicking in the sand and the surf, even though the ocean water temperature has been extremely cool along the coast for the past few weeks, around 24-25° C (75-77° F). Many people had just arrived for the beginning of the second week of the annual traditional Semana Santa-Semana de Pascua vacation period. The beaches were filling up at Playa La Ropa, Playa Las Gatas, Playa La Madera and Playa Principal all around Zihuatanejo’s bay.

Suddenly around 11:00 a.m. phone calls started arriving to the offices of the police and the fire department, reports of a fire, though no one could specify exactly where it was. Some folks thought it was a warning sign for a tsunami, and there were even a few calls by folks frightened that it was the arrival of a UFO.

Strange fog enters Zihuatanejo Bay - click to enlarge

Strange fog enters Zihuatanejo Bay - click to enlarge

Strange fog in front of Playa Las Gatas - click to enlarge

Strange fog in front of Playa Las Gatas - click to enlarge

Strange fog fills Zihuatanejo Bay - click to enlarge

Strange fog fills Zihuatanejo Bay - click to enlarge

Strange fog bank crashes into La Ropa - click to enlarge

Strange fog bank crashes into La Ropa - click to enlarge

Photos by Jorge Luis Tomás García

At first the reports of a strange white cloud only came from Ixtapa, where Playa El Palmar was suddenly enveloped in dense white cloud spilling in from the ocean and between the low hills from Playa Linda and Playa Quieta.

A maid at one condominium project in Ixtapa thought it was the end of the world, thanks to all the media hysteria over the Mayan calendar and so-called predictions by Nostradamus and the fictional movie “2012”, and she started to walk off the job to go home so she could spend her “final moments” with her children. Her co-workers eventually convinced her that it was only fog and she returned to her job.

While we have seen fog in Zihuatanejo on rare occasions over the years, no one could recall ever seeing such a dense and low fog bank like this roll in during the middle of the day. Like a white version of the smoke monster from LOST, the fog bank seemed to reach into the bay like a long finger and touch part of La Ropa Beach and the small hill between La Ropa and La Madera before dissipating upward. The eerie effect was enhanced because it looked like a low cloud rolling along the surface of the ocean reminiscent of a popular horror movie.

Strange fog blankets high-rise hotels of Ixtapa - click to enlarge

Strange fog blankets high-rise hotels of Ixtapa - click to enlarge

Strange fog covers hotels and condos in Ixtapa - click to enlarge

Strange fog covers hotels and condos in Ixtapa - click to enlarge

Strange fog engulfs hotels and condos in Ixtapa - click to enlarge

Strange fog engulfs hotels and condos in Ixtapa - click to enlarge

Photos by Judith Whitehead

Strange fog over Punta Esteban - click to enlarge

Strange fog over Punta Esteban - click to enlarge

Fog bank crashes into La Ropa - click to enlarge

Fog bank crashes into La Ropa - click to enlarge

Photos by Michael Hackett

All around the bay the folks on beaches were standing around watching the unusual fog bank and taking videos and photos as it blew in from the ocean and tumbled over the low parts of the hills along the coast.

Strange fog seen from Playa Principal - click to enlarge

Strange fog seen from Playa Principal - click to enlarge

Photo by R. Whitehead

View of strange fog from the colonias - click to enlarge

View of strange fog from the colonias - click to enlarge

Photo by Dante Line