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Mexico City’s Earthquake Alert Worked. The Rest of the Country Wasn’t So Lucky


MEXICO CITY—"Alerta sísmica! Alerta sísmica!" Few things strike as much fear into the hearts of Mexico City residents as the words “seismic alert” blaring from speakers in schools and parks. It means an earthquake is rumbling up from the Pacific coast, and you have 60 to 90 seconds to get someplace safe.

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