Translated from Spanish by Sott.net
The government of the state of Chiapas had prepared for today at 12:00 a massive drill ("mega simulacro") of a 7.9 earthquake in the Richter scale.
A poster of the government of the southern state of Chiapas announcing a massive earthquake drill
Monterrey - It was nothing but a moment of panic, as there are no lost lives, the president of Mexico Felipe Calderón Hinojosa confirmed today in Monterrey, commenting on the 7.8 earthquake in the Richter scale with epicenter in the borders of the state of Guerrero and that was felt in Mexico City and several other states.
In view of the scale of the event and because there have not been any lost lives, it is noteworthy that the government of the state of Chiapas had prepared precisely for today at 12:00 a massive drill ("mega simulacro") of the earthquake - something that is being actively discussed in social media networks.
The objective of the drill is to test the response capability of the State System of Civil Protection and General Population in the event of a large-scale disturbing phenomenon. Its official web page stated that the exercise would enable the evaluation and feedback of action protocols in case of an earthquake.
"Earthquake Drill of 7.9 degrees", could be read on the title of the promotion of the event, which was expected to involve all the population at that time.
It should be noted that the National Sismological Service (SSN) informed today that the 7.8 earthquake in the Richter scale was registered at 12:03 local time (18:03 GMT) and its epicenter was located at 29 kilometers south of Ometepec, in the southern state of Guerrero, at a depth of 15 kilometers.
Therefore, it is suprising that the planned time of the massive drill was only a three-minute difference from the time of the real earthquake, and that the drill was for a 7.9 while the real one was 7.8 - only a 0.1 difference.
The massive drill, organized by the state government of Chiapas, had announced and planned it since the beginning of February.