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Alert for eruption of volcano Fuego in Guatemala

Given the increase of eruptive volcanic activity located 60 Km southeast from the city’s capital and 16 Km south east of Antigua Guatemala, the Executive Secretary of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, has declared an Orange State of Alert.

It is reported that 100 people have been evacuated in the surrounding areas of the volcano. Four hostels have been enabled in Alotenango (Zacatepequez). The falling of volcanic ash has shut down the international airport La Aurora and road visibility has diminished in the surroundings areas.

The National Center for Emergency Operations has been activated. The Ministry of Health activated service lines in four departments (Guatemala, Zacatepequez, Escuintla and Chimaltenengo). There is no report of affected victims, but the health areas are being monitored. We are pending verification of water and sanitation systems.

The situation is being handled by the Guatemalan authorities and no request for international support has been requested at the time.

Attached the activity report of the MSPAS and "Boletin Vulcanológico".


6.9 Earthquake in Mexico / Guatemala

A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake at 37 km depth shook the Mexican border with Guatemala on Monday morning (7/7/2014), causing three deaths and 21 injured, damaging buildings in both countries. The quake was felt across a broad swath of southern Mexico and Guatemala. After the earthquake, monitoring protocols and verification of damage were activated in affected regions in both countries. In Guatemala, Orange Alert Institutional was declared and in Chiapas (Mexico) was activated the State Emergency Committee. The wounded were treated at hospitals without exceeding the attention capacity.


The Technical Commission for Risk Management in the Health Sector of Central America meets in Costa Rica

The Technical Commission for Risk Management in the Health Sector (CTGERS) of Central America met in Costa Rica during the II Consulting Forum of the Central American Policy for Comprehensive Management of Disaster Risk. Members of the Commission— representatives from disaster units of the ministries of health of Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic—participated in the Forum and, afterwards, had a meeting on 19-20 June in San Jose.


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.


Capacitan equipos de respuesta ante emergencias del sector salud en Costa Rica

Funcionarios de diversas instituciones del sector salud y otros sectores se reunieron en Costa Rica durante los días 5 y 6 de diciembre con el objetivo de actualizar conocimiento e intercambiar experiencias para mejorar su capacidad de respuesta ante situaciones de emergencias y desastres.

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