Friday, May 29, 2009

Post-Quake Situation in Izabal Under Control

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) reported today that the situation in Izabal still under supervision by the rescue team dispatched immediately after the 7.1 earthquake which struck yesterday morning off the coast of Honduras.

The strong tremor caused damage in several communities in Izabal. There were no fatalities but 18 houses are uninhabitable and 199 sustained moderate damage.

According to Sergio Cabañas of Conred, assessments are being made on a house to house basis to look for structural damage in the communities of Quetzalito and Media Luna.

After inspecting the damaged homes, structural engineers and geologists reported that the damage to homes in Izabal was caused by a phenomenon known as liquefaction, where soil and subsurface material that is saturated with water, when agitated by an earthquake, turn into mud making houses collapse.

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