Friday, October 07, 2005

And now an earthquake

As a reminder of other deadly disasters in El Salvador, a strong earthquake rattled the country at 11:40 this morning. The quake with a magnitude of 5.5 on the richter scale was felt throughout the country. Authorities do not believe the quake is linked to the ongoing activity at the Ilamatepec volcano. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

La Prensa has a useful map at this link which displays in graphical form the damage suffered by this small country in the past seven days. (Be patient, it takes a long time to load).

1 comment:

The Dunlaps said...

Tim - greetings from the Dunlaps. We've also heard 6.something for the quake today. It felt really strong in San Salvador - a little shake, a pause, and then the ground moved in waves (but not for long). First big quake for us. Certainly ends the week on an interesting note!

We're praying for an uneventful weekend. Unicef has set up a site for assembling relief packages here at Escuela Americana. We'll start working early tomorrow morning. At least we'll make ourselves useful.

Susan Dunlap