Mexico: seismic warning sirens sound in Mexico

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Seismic warning sirens sounded Saturday morning in Mexico City, a few hours after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake in western Mexico, which caused no casualties or damage.

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According to an AFP journalist, the alarm sounded in the Del Valle district, in the south of the capital, and dozens of people took to the streets, some in their pajamas and bathrobes, although no shaking occurred. has been felt.

Identical scenes occurred in several neighborhoods of the city, including Iztacalco, east of Mexico City, and Popotla, not far from the center, according to AFP correspondents.

The mayoress of Mexico, Claudia Sheinbaum, indicated on her Twitter account that an investigation was underway to “determine why the sirens were activated”.

A seismic tremor of 5.7 on the Richter scale was recorded on Friday evening in the state of Guerrero [ouest].

The epicenter of the tremor, which caused no casualties or damage, was located 59 km east of the city of San Marcos, in the state of Guerrero.

In the resort town of Acapulco, near the epicenter, the quake was felt more intensely, forcing many tourists to leave their hotels.

The tremor had sparked some nervous reactions among the population in the capital of Mexico City, where the tremor was barely noticeable, but where warning sirens were heard, according to Claudia Sheinbaum.

Like Saturday morning, in other neighborhoods, dozens of people quickly took to the streets, according to an AFP journalist.

Mexico, with its long coastline on the Pacific coast, is the scene of many earthquakes.

In September 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed 370 people and injured more than 7,000, mostly in Mexico City.

In 1985, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake killed thousands of Mexicans.