May 17, 2022

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Mexico: Earthquake warning sirens are heard in Mexico

Mexico: Earthquake warning sirens are heard in Mexico

Hurricane warning sirens sounded Saturday morning in Mexico City just hours after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck western Mexico, causing no casualties or damage.

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According to an AFP journalist, the alarm went off in the Del Valle district south of the capital and dozens of people took to the streets, some in their pajamas and bathrobes, not shaking.

According to AFP correspondents, similar scenarios occurred in several neighborhoods of the city, including Iztacalco, far east of the city, east of Mexico City, and Popotla.

The mayor of Mexico, Claudia Sheinbaum, indicated on her Twitter account that an investigation was underway “to find out why the sirens were activated”.

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake shook the state of Guerrero on Friday evening [ouest].

The epicenter was reported 59 kilometers east of San Marcos, Guerrero.

In the resort town of Acapulco, near the epicenter, the quake intensified, forcing many tourists to leave their hotels.

The quake led to some nervous reactions in the population of the Mexican capital, where the tremors were not noticeable, but warning sirens sounded, Claudia Sheinbaum said.

As in Saturday morning, in other neighborhoods, dozens of people quickly took to the streets, the AFP journalist said.

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Mexico, with its long coastline along the Pacific coast, is prone to many earthquakes.

In September 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed at least 370 people and injured more than 7,000, mostly in Mexico City.

In 1985, an earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale killed tens of thousands of Mexicans.