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Turrialba Volcano Activity - Costa Rica

On 12 and 13 March 2015, the Turrialba Volcano started an eruption process with ash emissions, with repercussions in the vicinity of the volcano (Province of Cartago) and the central valley of Costa Rica. As a result of the winds generated at this time of year, the ashes reached the Juan Santamaria Airport and prompted its closing for approximately 24 hours.

Once the phenomenon started the National Emergency Commission and the entities of the National EOC started their activities, summoning members and developing actions aimed at emergency management and control of the situation.


Alert for eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala

Given the increased eruptive activity of the Fuego volcano, located 60 km southeast from the 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 has been reported that 100 people have been evacuated from the areas surrounding the volcano. Four shelters have been set up in Alotenango (Zacatepequez). Volcanic ashfall has shut down La Aurora international airport, and road visibility has diminished in the surroundings areas.


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.


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.

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