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Mexico's Earthquake Early Warning System

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Mexico's Earthquake Early Warning System

By Diarmuid O'Dea   Mexico has one of the only three earthquake early warning systems on the globe. It was needed after its calamitous 1985 Mexico City earthquake killed approximately 10,000 persons and injured over 30,000.  Like the Pacific Northwest of North America there is a significant  subduction zone on the west coast of Mexico. Small earthquakes in the the three states that border the coast are common. Most alarming is the possibility of a significant earthquake and its impact on Mexico City 350 kilometres to the east. The following video by Al-Jazeera explains how the system works.  Mexico City,...

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Three Steps to avoid Earthquake Disaster

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Three Steps to avoid Earthquake Disaster

No administrative policy will save a city population and infrastructure from harm during a high impact earthquake. However, a thoughtful, organized approach will help to mitigate overall destruction and save lives. Putting resilience in place will hasten the recovery. These three steps will help: Step One- Awareness. It is still surprising how many people doubt that an earthquake will impact their lives. There is an incredible body of scholarship on earthquakes. Universities have many professors studying the impact of earthquakes on our planet. Our ability to understand their components is allowing us to reduce their catastrophic impacts.  If you live in a place...

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