Mexico and US team up on earthquake safety

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Officials in the United States and Mexico are teaming up to share more information about earthquake activity along the border.

Representatives from both countries announced the partnership at the U.S. Geological Survey regional office in Pasadena.

The two nations share a fault line that runs through both countries — and unlike governing bodies knows no borders. Experts hope this network will help save lives and property.

Bob MacKay works for the Defense Department’s U.S. Northern Command and said the group is giving Mexico $500,000 to place seismic monitoring stations near the border. The stations will be located near Mexicali and Tijuana. Mexico will cover other costs.

Roberto Quaas, with the Mexican Interior Department and Civil Protection system, said, “We are looking forward to a shared project that’s a little different from usual issues along the border."

"This is a positive side. We can cooperate. We can go hand in hand in order to push forward joint projects for benefit of both countries, certainly.”

The two countries also plan to share information on seismic activity.