Millions Join Mexico Quake Drills After Pandemic Eases
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Tue 22nd June 2021 | 08:50 AM
Mexico City, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jun, 2021 ) :Millions of people across Mexico on Monday took part in earthquake simulation drills for the first time since they were suspended last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The resumption of the emergency exercises follows a steady decline in new Covid-19 cases and deaths in Mexico, one of the countries worst hit by the virus.
The drills, held regularly before the health crisis, aim to prepare the country for the inevitable next major tremor to strike one of the most seismically active regions on Earth.
According to the authorities, around six million people participated in the capital, many of them evacuating buildings and pouring into the streets after warnings over the city's more than 12,000 loudspeakers.
About 200 of the devices failed, according to authorities.
"We must be prepared whenever earthquakes happen. Since we practice often, we already knew what to do," Jose Ramirez, a 32-year-old head waiter, told AFP.
Civil Protection helicopters flew overhead and firefighters deployed as part of the simulation in a country sitting atop five tectonic plates, including three major ones.