Eight months have passed. The building next door remains empty. Construction crews are working, now in daylight. We no longer stop what we are doing when we hear a siren, worried it’s the city’s earthquake alarm. But the risk is always there. I do stop to read a poster taped to a telephone pole in front of my apartment building. I am taken aback: “Rescue Capsule”. The poster shows what appears to be a large egg. It is 2 meters tall. It is made for a single human. It is built to withstand the impact of a building collapsing upon it. “In Case of a Great Earthquake”. Inside, its inhabitant can survive for 30 days, with water, oxygen and nutrients. LED illumination. It can float should there be a tsunami. It has an alarm built in and can alert you to an earthquake on its own. It has a GPS so that it can be located by rescuers. It requires a lithium battery. The basic model runs 40 thousand pesos, around 2000 dollars. The poster invites me to find out more on Sunday, June 3 at 11 am at a meeting in the park. “We must organize ourselves as responsible citizens and share this information,” the poster reads. It is signed: Social Responsibility Neighborhood Collective. I show my friend the poster. She laughs, “neoliberalsismo”. I google “cápsula de rescate”. I find news coverage celebrating the “boom of anti-earthquake capsules”. The inventor has won a Civil Engineering prize of Mexico City.
This is a photo of a poster I found taped to a telephone pole in front of my apartment building in Mexico City.