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Alarms, education help
Mexicans cope with tremor

Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Seconds after the
tectonic plates jerked more than seven
miles beneath the mountainous state of
Guerrero at 8:07 am. yesterday, dozens
of alarms went off hundreds of miles to
the north in the Mexican capital.
Triggered by 12 solar-powered seis-
mic detectors along Mexico's Pacific
coast, the alarm automatically ripped into
the broadcasts of more than 40 radio
stations here 50 seconds before the shock
waves slammed into Mexico City, warn-
ingmany ofthe20million residents about
the powerful quake on its way.
The sophisticated alarm system did
little to curb panic in a city that was
devastated by an 8.1 quake 10 years
ago. But it was an indication ofthe level
of earthquake preparedness and public
consciousness in a city whose entire face
has changed since the "Big One" hit.
In the wake of yesterday's quake,
Mexican scientists, intellectuals, labor
.leaders and analysts said they sensed a
world of difference in the city's re-
sponse 10 years after Black Thursday
- the Sept. 19, 1985, earthquake that
killed at least 10,000 people and razed
many parts of the city.

In 185, nobody understood the
meaning of the magnitude of an
earthquake. This time ... pople Were
prepared"
-Homero Aridjis
environmentalist

"In 1985, nobody understood the
meaning of the magnitude of an earth-
quake," said environmentalist Homero
Aridjis, an outspoken critic of the gov-
ernment. "This time ... people were
prepared."
There are still reminders here of the
official failures that followed the '85
quake. Damaged and abandoned struc-
tures remain on the city's landscape,
many further eroded by yesterday
morning's temblor. But most Mexico
City intellectuals now view the devas-
tation of 1985 as a powerful wake-up
call that shook this capital into activism
and its government into creating early-
warning systems that are now perma-
nent features of Mexican life.
The awareness - and fear - that

drove millions of Mexicans to prear-
ranged refuges within seconds of
yesterday's early-warning signal was
only one of many changes. The '85
quake affected tens of thousands of
lives, but it also gave rise to hundreds of
independent civic-action groups and
labor unions, after it became clear that
many ofthe dead were virtual prisoners
in illegal structures, dilapidated hous-
ing and sweatshop factories throughout
the city.
Though many are now splintered and
diffused, those activist groups became
powerful voices that helped create a
new set of laws regulating construc-
tion, requiring earthquake drills and
improving workplace safety during the
past 10 years.

AP PHOTO
Jose Villegas carries away a woman from the scene of the earthquake that struck
Mexico City yesterday. The woman fainted during the tremor, which sent chidren
running from classrooms and set off alarms hundreds of miles north of the
earthquake.

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NATO
halts Seib
airstrikes
amid talks
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina
(AP) -The United Nations announced
a three-day suspension of NATO
airstrikes against Serb targets yester-
day after Bosnian Serb leaders agreed
to withdraw heavy weapons ringing
Sarajevo.
The airstrikes will resume if the Serbs
fail to withdraw the weapons, the United
Nations said in a statement in New York.
Bosnian Serb military and political
leaders signed an agreement in Belgrade
"in which they committed themselves
to withdraw their heavy weapons from
the 20-kilometer (12.5-mile) exclusion
zone around Sarajevo,"the statement said.
"NATO and United Nations military
commanders have judged this to be an
appropriate response to the demands
the United Nations," the statement said.
In response, NATO and U.N. mili-
tary commanders declared the three-
day suspension, the statement said.
Bosnian Serb leader Radovan
Karadzic and military commander Gen.
Ratko Mladic signed the agreement, a
U.N. official said, speaking on condi-
tion of anonymity.
TheBosnian government will be
asked to refrain from any military
offensives during the suspension, the
official said.
During the suspension, humanitarian
aid convoys will travel to Sarajevo on
two roads through Serb territory that
have been closed and it is expected that
Sarajevo airport will be re-opened with-
out restrictions, the statement said.
U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke raced
across the Balkans for meetings with
top officials, trying to clinch the agree-
ment yesterday.
Theagreement significantly ddvances
the beleaguered effort to bring 3 1/2
years of bloodshed in Bosnia to an end
and will allow NATO to move back
from its openly aggressive stance, which
has the Serbs bristling.
It also eases tensions between the
United States and Russia, which was
enraged by the bombing campaign, and
adds impetus to mediators' efforts,
which gained momentum last week with
an accord among Bosnia's warring par-
ties over a possible future political ar-
rangement.
Muslim-led government forces and
Croat alliespersistedmeanwhile in their
ground campaign, easily capturing sev-
eral key towns. Tens of thousands of
Serb civilians were reportedly fleeing
the advance.
Earlier this week, Moscow accused
NATO of committing genocide against
the Serbs. Strobe Talbott, the U.S.
deputy secretary of state, was in Mos-
cow yesterday to try to mend relations.
Home-alone
adventure
bagsburglar
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Step aside,
Macaulay Culkin. Make way for

sluggin' Anthony Smith.
The 10-year-old decked a would-be
burglar crawling through a window,
popping him in the nose. The guy
whacked his head on a flower pot and
fled. But minutes later Wednesday,
police alerted by Anthony arrested a
bloody-nosed suspect two blocks away.
Anthony even identified the suspect.
"The kid is a hero," said police of-
ficer Charles Robb. "The kid drilled
him right in the nose and sent him back
out the window on to his buns."
Sgt. Sixto Molina said Anthony will
be sent a letter thanking him for acting,
and a police T-shirt.
"He's a brave little kid, that's for
sure. And he was able to think on his
feet," Molina said.
Anthony was home with stomach
cramps after an allergic reaction to medi-
cine for a kidney infection. His mother
had gone to a drug store and then stopped
off briefly at her nearby job.
Shortly after 8 a.m., Anthony called
her, frantic that someone was breaking in.
Mom dashed home, but before she
arrived, Anthony went to work.
"I didn't want him coming in the
house," he said.
Anthony hid below the unlocked liv-
ing room window as the man removed
a screen. The intruder's head and shoul-
ders were through when he saw the boy.
"He said, 'Oh, oh,' and I said, 'Yeah,
I'm home,"' Anthony said. Then, he

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