Puerto Vallarta earthquake and tsunami system fails test due to theft

Testing of the earthquake and tsunami warning network in Puerto Vallarta has failed once again, due to the constant theft of infrastructure.

This week’s earthquake and tsunami drills exposed the problem, according to Luis Arturo García Pulido, regional commander of Civil Protection of the State of Jalisco.

At 11:00 o’clock in the morning on September 19, the nationwide test was carried out, however, when the warnings were triggered, the system located on the Cuale River bridge, in the downtown Puerto Vallarta, didn’t respond and needed to be operated manually by Civil Protection personnel of the State.

García Pulido said that the theft infrastructure to the alarm systems regularly occurs in the municipalities of La Huerta, Zuhuatlán, Tomatlán, Cabo Corrientes and Puerto Vallarta. It has been an issue since its installation in 2007.

The theft of the transmitters, which are located in the high zone of the mountain range, has affected the functioning of the system, given that they emit the radio frequency when an alert is activated.

“They are expensive devices that must be replaced and that complicates the operation of the system,” said the commander of the State Civil Protection in the region.

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