False Alarm Sends Mexicans Into Street Hours After Quake
Quake alarms roused thousands of residents of Mexico City early Saturday, sending some running into the street in their pajamas, but then nothing happened
Mexico City, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Mar, 2021 ) :Quake alarms roused thousands of residents of Mexico City early Saturday, sending some running into the street in their pajamas, but then nothing happened.
Nerves were on edge because a 5.7-magnitude quake had struck south-central parts of the country hours earlier, though there were no reports there of injuries or damage.
Alarms sounded in some of the capital's central neighborhoods, including Escandon and Del Valle, sending dozens out of their homes, AFP journalists reported.
Similar scenes were witnessed in the Iztacalco neighborhood farther south, as well as in Popotla in the city's east, while in neighborhoods including Roma and Doctores no alarm was sounded.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum initially reported the alarm on Twitter, but minutes later confirmed there had been no quake.
She subsequently said she had instructed officials to investigate why alarms had been sounded.
The capital's C5 security command center said Friday it was investigating the matter.
It is designed to provide a warning of up to two minutes before a quake is felt in the capital.
Mexico, with its extensive Pacific coast, is subject to numerous quakes.