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El Salvador Devastated by New Onslaught of Landslides

Posted by feww on November 9, 2009

El Salvador’s President Mauricio Funes:

The images that we have seen today are of a devastated country

About 130 people have been killed, with at least 60 others missing after days of heavy rain that caused flooding and landslides in El Salvador.


Salvadorans look at their houses that were damaged by heavy rains in San Salvador November 8, 2009. REUTERS/William Bonilla. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Map of El Salvador with the worst affected regions
San Salvador, the capital, and central San Vicente province marked.

Describing the countrywide devastation as “incalculable,” the El Salvador president declared a national emergency.

San Salvador, the nation’s capital, and central San Vicente province were the hardest-hit regions, officials were reported as saying

According to local reports, San Vicente is virtually cut off by landslides and collapsed bridges, with the worst hit areas being Cuscatlan, La Libertad and La Paz.

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Workers seen near a street that was damaged by heavy rain in San Martin on the outskirts of San Salvador, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. Photo: Luis Romero/ AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

What if the rain continued?

A police officer told the AP: “The weather continues to be bad, and we already have a river flowing through the village due to a landslide. We are worried things will get worse if the rains continue.”

Large parts of El Salvador are without power or clean water and remain cut off from government aid because of collapsed bridges and washed-up roads

El Salvador’s relentless downpour that funneled rain from the mountains into populated valleys below, lasting for more than 3 days, were caused by a low pressure system in the Pacific, and did NOT occur directly as a result of Hurricane Ida, according to weather reports.

Ida strengthened to a hurricane-force storm on Thursday for the first time near the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, forcing about than 5,000 people to take shelters from heavy rains.

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    Mag 7.1 Offshore Quake Rattles Honduras

    Posted by feww on May 28, 2009

    Magnitude 7.1 Strikes Offshore Honduras

    Magnitude 7.1 quake struck offshore Honduras, killing at least one person at La Lima and damaging several buildings Thursday.  The quake was felt throughout Honduras as well as  in Belize, where several buildings were also  damaged or destroyed, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua.

    Seiche in swimming pools reported at La Ceiba and Roatan, USGS Felt Report said. No tsunami warning was issued.

    The mainshock was followed by a 4.8 Mw aftershock, about 40 minutes later.

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    Location Map. 10-degree Map Centered at 15°N,85°W [USGS]

    Earthquake Details:

    Magnitude 7.1
    Date-Time:

    • Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 08:24:45 UTC
    • Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 03:24:45 AM at epicenter

    Location: 16.729°N, 86.212°W
    Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
    Region: OFFSHORE HONDURAS
    Distances:

    • 125 km (75 miles) NNE of La Ceiba, Honduras
    • 220 km (135 miles) N of TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras
    • 310 km (195 miles) NNE of TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras
    • 1185 km (730 miles) SSW of Miami, Florida

    Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 4.3 km (2.7 miles); depth fixed by location program
    Parameters: NST=290, Nph=290, Dmin=316.9 km, Rmss=1.15 sec, Gp= 36°,  M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8

    Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID us2009heak

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    NOAA/NWS/West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center

    A strong earthquake has occurred, but a tsunami IS NOT expected along the coasts of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico states, and Eastern Canadian provinces. NO tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in effect for these areas.

    Based on the earthquake location, magnitude, and historic tsunami records, a damaging tsunami IS NOT expected along the Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, U.S. Atlantic, Eastern Canadian and Gulf of Mexico coasts. Earthquakes of this size can generate destructive tsunamis along the coast near the epicenter. Authorities in the epicentral region should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.

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