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Nicaragua 4/22/2014

Earthquake update (10-22 April). 5.2 magnitude aftershock at a depth of 5.4 km, there are no damage reports at the moment. About 1,500 people remain in shelters. Extreme red alert remains in effect. Response: Mobilization of health brigades in six municipalities and in shelters, health care centers operations have been expanded to 24 hours. All institutions have implemented plans for drills. OCHA has approved allocating US$ 100,000 to support the response to those affected. (o.s.: UNETE, INETER; m.: El 19 Digital).

Paraguay 4/22/2014

Floods update (13 to 21 April): 3,300 families affected in seven locations. National response, damage assessment and delivery of humanitarian aid. (o.s.: SEN).

Peru 4/22/2014

Ubinas volcano. Activity remains high with significant emissions of ash, gases and bombs. Ashfall in eight locations. Response: Technical Support from INDECI experts to local Civil Defence authorities. (o.s.: INGEMMET, INDECI)

Nicaragua 4/22/2014

Earthquake update (10-22 April). 5.2 magnitude aftershock at a depth of 5.4 km, there are no damage reports at the moment. About 1,500 people remain in shelters. Extreme red alert remains in effect. Response: Mobilization of health brigades in six municipalities and in shelters, health care centers operations have been expanded to 24 hours. All institutions have implemented plans for drills. OCHA has approved allocating US$ 100,000 to support the response to those affected. (o.s.: UNETE, INETER; m.: El 19 Digital).

The Ubinas Volcano in Peru Increases Activity

The Ubinas volcano, located in the department of Moquegua, in Peru, has been increasing its activity since 13 April, with explosions and columns of ash emissions, which have dispersed to an area 24 miles from the volcano’s circumference. These have affected population centers, crops and livestock. National authorities have begun the process of evacuating the towns of Querapi, Tonohaya and San Carlos de Titi. About 5,000 people live in the 5 districts located in the volcano’s influence zone. In response to this situation, the Ministry of Health and local health authorities have strengthened health care services with brigades, distribution of personal protective supplies, and the establishment of coordination and monitoring mechanisms.

icon PAHO/WHO Situation Report No. 1 (2.01 MB) (in Spanish)

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7.2 Magnitude Earthquake in Mexico

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 10 km,  36 km away from Tecpan de Galeana, in the state of Guerrero, shook a wide area of Mexico on 18 April. The earthquake occurred within the "Guerrero Seismic Gap". It was felt across a half a dozen states and in Mexico City. One hospital in the colony of Ciudad Renacimiento and several hotels in the tourist area of the port were evacuated; blackouts were reported in several cities in Guerrero.

 
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Wildfire in Valparaíso, Chile

On the afternoon of April 12 a wildfire that affected several hills in the city of Valparaiso began, causing fatalities, thousands of evacuated people and victims; besides damaging homes. Troops from CONAF, Fire Fighters, PDI, Police, Army, Navy, SAMU and ONEMI were involved in the response and attention to the emergency. One health center was disabled; the rest of the healthcare network is operating.

Important technical information.

Health Guidelines for Vegetation Fire Events

 

A 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake hits Nicaragua

An 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Nicaragua on 10 April. The epicenter was located at a depth of 10 km in Lake Managua, off the coast of Nagarote. The earthquake was felt in Managua and Leon and other 9 departments, north and south of the Caribbean coast and in areas of El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica. One death and 33 people with injuries were reported. Damage assessment is in progress, and contingency plans have been activated.

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Earthquake in Chile Generates Tsunami Alert

Multiple aftershocks, including a 7.6 one continue rocking Chile and southern Peru since the 8.2 magnitude earthquake of 1 April 2014. New evacuations were ordered, but there were no reports of new injuries or deaths. The health network in northern Chile is operational. The communities of Alto Hospicio and Iquique, in Chile, have been the most affected by the earthquakes. An evaluation of damage to roads and housing is in progress.

PAHO/WHO Situation Report No. 2 - 3 April 2014 

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