The official name of the seismic alert is the Mexican Seismic Alert System (SASMEX), which was born around 2005 as an initiative of the governments of Oaxaca and Mexico City in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior, which sought to integrate the Alert System Seismic of Mexico City (SAS) and the Seismic Alert System for the City of Oaxaca (SASO).
Five years later, the then government of the Federal District updated the SAS to expand seismic coverage to 64 seismic-sensing stations to cover the regions of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán, Puebla, while complementing the network in Guerrero. With this investment, the infrastructure reached a total of 97 seismic-sensing stations.
The alert is broadcast using NWR (National Weather Radio) protocols and SAME (Simple Area Message Encoding) codes developed in the United States under the NOAA (National Oceanographic and Admospheric Administration).The message is spread for now through a network of loudspeakers located in an important part of the national territory, which when the alert is activated emit an alarm that is already widely known by the bulk of the population.
Despite the fact that it is a system that, when operating well, is capable of providing better and greater security guarantees to the population in the event of strong earthquakes, the truth is that on more than one occasion citizens have reported failures related to low volume on speakers, intelligible messages, or speakers that just won’t turn on.
Seismic alert, how to report faults?
After the seismic alert was activated this morning, you may have noticed that the speakers near your location have some problem.
Reporting these incidents is crucial to guarantee that in the event of a real earthquake, we will have a brief but useful space to shelter. Next, we tell you how to report faults in the seismic alert from your smartphone.
In principle, we must know that there are two ways to file a report in this regard. The first has to do with reporting the failure directly to the Command, Control, Computing, Communications and Citizen Contact Center, better known as the C5. This can be done by citing the agency’s official social media pages both on Twitter like Facebook.
Additionally, a report can be filed with Locatel, either by telephone (5556581111), with a mention of the account of Twitter of the dependency or through the website of the citizen assistance service.
In all cases, it is requested to indicate the street and corner of the place where the faulty seismic alert horn is located. Additionally, the ID number of the loudspeaker will be requested, which can be seen on the pole where the system is mounted.