The Trembling Earth

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Earthquake Alert App for Mexico City residents

Después de dos temblores grandes sentido en la Ciudad de México, el gobierno ha publicado una “app” que les alerta a los residentes del Distrito Federal cuando están grabado los señales sísmicas de un temblor grande. Porque muchos de los temblores sentido en el Distrito Federal se originan en la costa, hay mucho tiempo (algunos 30-60 segundos) para protegerse en la ciudad antes de tiembla. La aplicación está disponible solo para usuarios de los teléfonos BlackBerry, pero es gratis. Hay más información y la app está disponible del gobierno aqui: http://www.caepccm.df.gob.mx/appalertasismica

Okay so I tried. Parece que muchas personas ven este sitio desde México a causa de estas noticias, así traté de usar mi español rudimentario para anunciarlas.

For those of you north of the border,

After two big earthquakes that shook Mexico City–a M7.4 on April 20 and a M6.0 on April 2–the Mexican government has released a very timely app that alerts residents of the capitol city to impending shaking. It’s based on the same system that provided warning to the congresspeople in the 20 April quake. The app is available only for BlackBerries right now, but the developers are open to other platforms provided the necessary speed for dissemination. The app can be downloaded for free from the Mexican government at the link above.

Here are detailed new releases:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17609688

http://www.economist.com/blogs/americasview/2012/04/earthquake-warnings-mexico-city

This comes closely on the heels of a similar release in New Zealand that alerts residents to the magnitude and location of a quake immediately after it happens, but both countries lag well behind Japan, where the widespread adoption of mobile early-warning technology predated the Tohoku earthquake.

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