SkyAlert director, Álvaro Velasco, said that thanks to more than 250,000 subscriptions to their app, the Mexican company financed the expansion of its sensor network that will allow greater certainty and speed to detect and alert on earthquakes not only from the coast, but also from the interior of the country.
SkyAlert installed more earthquake sensors in Puerto Vallarta, which will expand SkyAlert service coverage to a part of Nayarit, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato and Morelia. The area was already covered with sensors but the new installations will allow extended service and notifications around Mexico in the event of an earthquake in the area.
By the end of this year, SkyAlert hopes to start covering the northeastern part of the country. Soon they will begin with the installation of sensors in Mexicali, Baja California, which would cover Tijuana and even US cities like San Diego, California.
Thanks to this extension of the network, in 20 states throughout Mexico, the people who have the application installed on their smartphones, as well as the properties that have the warning system of the company called Epicenter, can receive the seismic warning of SkyAlert faster to be able to act accordingly before an earthquake is felt.
“On September 19 we gave eight seconds of alert to Mexico City, now (with this expansion of the network) we would be giving 18 seconds to Mexico City, what happened would have been something else if we had more time,” said SkyAlert in a statement.