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Friday, October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

What happened this week?

El Salvador. A powerful 7.4 magnitude, 40 Km depth, quake shook the Pacific coast of Central America, causing some damage and killing at least one person in El Salvador... Read More

Antigua and Barbuda. Hurricane Gonzalo generates flooding and interrupts electric lines connection affecting 27 thousand users who remain without electricity. The authorities reported no victims or injured. The National Emergency Operations Center has been activated... Read More

EcuadorFloods, Provinces of Azuay and Pastaza: At least 32 evacuated after heavy rains generated sudden floods damaging homes on 11 and 12 of October 2014. There are not fatalities reported. The response was led by the Secretariat of Risk Management (SGR), undertaking emergency actions and damage assessment. Orange alert was declared in high-risk areas, water levels of river in Azuay are rising... Read More

El Salvador: There is an increased risk of landslides due to moisture in the soil because of profuse recent rainfalls and the 7.3-magnitude earthquake, both have created favorable conditions for a high risk for landslides in 21 municipalities. A landslide at the El Poy highway in Portillo caused disruption to transport routes between El Salvador and Honduras. Four people have died during the week due to the rain; in addition, 18 families were evacuated due to the overflow of two creeks in La Union. Increase in rainfall is expected for the next few hours across the country. Civil Protection maintains a yellow alert and asked mayors to enable municipal committees...  Read More

Interesting Facts

Your phone could help predict earthquake. Your phone turns into a simple seismometer that can detect vibrations from earthquakes..Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Advancing the Use of Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management. the 2014 United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management provided an opportunity for stakeholders to learn more about using space-based information to identify, assess, monitor, and respond to hazard risks in ways that could potentially lessen their impacts and shorten recovery periods... Read More

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