Thursday, January 13, 2005

Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Today an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale rumbled off the coast of El Salvador. There were no injuries or damage reported. The quake comes, however, exactly 4 years after the first of the two major earthquakes in 2001 which destroyed tens of thousands of homes in El Salvador on January 13, 2001.

As the world knows all too well, an undersea earthquake triggered the massive Indian Ocean Tsunami. This article on the IPS News web site describes the relative lack of preparation for tsunamis among the nations in Latin America. The last tsunami to hit Central America killed 116 people in Nicaragua in 1992.

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