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2019-03-19   14:47:31   INGLÉS
UNAM creates application on earthquakes and volcanoes awareness

(News update)

* It seeks to stop false alarms and supposed predictions

Mexico, Mar. 19 (Notimex) .- The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish) presented the free application for smart devices with Android and iOS system "Earthquakes and Volcanoes CDMX".

The purpose is to stop false information, "scientific half-truths", false messiahs or supposed clairvoyants who abuse the fear or lack of information of the population.

"It is to stop the attack of people who give alleged information, scientific half-truths or lies through 'predictions'. This application shows the scientific truth," said the head of the Museum of Geophysics of the National University, Ana María Soler.

She clarified that the application is not a seismic or volcanic alert service, nor does it precede any civil or military authority, but it gives general information of both natural phenomena.

She explained that the seismic and Popocatéptl volcano alert are independent of the UNAM, whose scientists study the phenomena "and there are no rules that are discussed with the authorities, all are made by the state and federal authorities".

She said that there were many doubts about the lights that appeared in the sky after the 2017 earthquakes, and the application explains it, it also clarifies that tremors cannot be predicted, and that people do not know that hills arpund Mexico City are volcanoes.

The expert indicated that the application is currently promoted at the secondary, high school and university degree level, but it also has animations for children.

"It is a way to approach children and young people through current technologiesthrough animations to illustrate these phenomena and also to provide immediate information to the population," she said.

Soler said that after the September 2017 earthquake, there were a lot of doubts and information that saturated social networks, but mostly caused more misinformation on people.

She indicated that a large part of the application is focused on Mexico City, although it also provides information about the country in general.

Ana María Soler said that the application displays information on the last earthquake registered by the National Seismological Service (SSN, for its acronym in Spanish), once it has reported it on the Twitter social network.

The new application also contains the subdivision "the volcanoes and you" that, through the a Global Positioning System (GPS), indicates the user the distance of an active volcano located anywhere in the Mexican Republic.

It also offers, through trivia, solving the doubts of users about earthquakes and volcanoes, it contains information on past geological events, the geological history of the Valley of Mexico; why it trembles and why volcanoes exist, myths and realities, as well as Civil Protection information.

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