3-19S

It sounds like a joke, but it’s anecdote. The unthinkable: again September 19?, again an earthquake?, again preceded by a drill? Yes, yes and yes. Again. Yesterday, at noon, the agenda moved, literally and figuratively, to where we did not want, to where it cannot be predicted. The subject was even the subject of jokes about magical thinking, seances and even the chances of winning the lottery. One of the most popular tweets of the day was the one published by Sergio Sarmiento, who recovered a calculation of the chance that there was, through mathematics, that three earthquakes coincided in intensity (more than 7 degrees) and day. According to Jose Luis Mateosa specialist in complex systems at the UNAM Institute of Physics, the possibility of this is 133,225, something almost impossible, since this is equivalent to 0.000751 percent.

However, it happened. We were less than an hour into the national drill when the alarm sounded. And it was heard while in some points of the CDMX, Oaxaca, Michoacán and Morelos, to mention a few states, commemorated the earthquakes of 2017 and 1985. So this unpleasant coincidence, that of the earthquakes in 19S (3-19S), appeared together to the demand for justice from the parents of the little ones who died at the Enrique Rébsamen school, who were performing a mass when the seismic alarm, not the drill, was activated. Relatives of the 49 men and women who died in the collapse of the Álvaro Obregón 286 building did the same. They had to cancel the mass that would be celebrated there due to the new earthquake that struck almost at the same time as five years ago.

Relatives of Tlalpan and other residential buildings also recalled that they have not been able to return to their homes, some even stressed that, even after the 2017 earthquake, their mortgage loans have remained active and they have had to pay despite not living there.

In Malinalco, another example, inhabitants point out that the local, state and federal authorities have not advanced in the rehabilitation of their churches, which are not only locations for their faith, but also a channel through which the economic flow circulates. of his people, who also support themselves through tourism. The same thing happens in other areas of the State of Mexico, Morelos, Oaxaca, Guerrero. Some of its affected towns in 2017 were very far from the photo and even further from the rehabilitation programs.

We Mexicans, as a society, have learned, we have nurtured the culture of prevention. We react to alerts, we participate in drills and we reach out, because, when necessary, we provide help. Three September 19, the day of the terrible and unfortunate consequence (the same on the 7th of the same month, which has also repeated telluric movements) has left us with that learning. And that must be recognized.

(By the way, after the earthquake, the poop registered higher activity. Wow Monday).

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