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Now, a free app that gives earthquake alerts

Mexico City's government is offering a free app for BlackBerrys that will alert users when a major earthquake is approaching the capital.

By:AP
| Updated on: Apr 04 2012, 13:18 IST

Mexico City's government is offering a free app for BlackBerrys that will alert users when a major earthquake is approaching the capital.

Mayor Marcelo Ebrard says there are monitoring stations in remote areas of the country that detect earthquakes and send signals to Mexico City from 5 to 10 seconds before a tremor's waves reach the capital.

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Ebrard says the app began working Tuesday. He says even a few seconds warning will be valuable in helping people take action to protect their lives.

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At some point, the city plans to use the monitoring system to set off sirens that would alert all residents.

Two weeks ago, a 7.4-magnitude temblor damaged hundreds of homes in southern Mexico and caused panic far off in the national capital.

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First Published Date: 04 Apr, 12:39 IST
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