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Chile 4/18/2014

Valparaíso Region. Wildfire update (12-18 April). Fire is still active in forested and inhabited areas. 959 people remain in nine shelters. Response: The health network continues to be strengthened with mobile units, brigades of ophthamology operating in affected areas, and mental health attention in shelters. (o.s: Ministry of Health, ONEMI,  PAHO Office in Chile).

Arica y Parinacota and Tarapacá Regions. 8.2M earthquake update. Mental health attention by 30 professionals sent to Tarapacá. (o.s: Ministry of Health).

Mexico 4/18/2014

7.2 magnitude earthquake, 10km deep, 41 km south of Petatlán; felt in western and central states. No reports of deaths or injuries at the moment. Damages in IMSS Hospital in Zihuatanejo, mobile unit sent for support. Minor damages in public buildings in Guerrero. No major damages in Mexico City, some power outages. Response: Activation of protocols and evaluation of damages. (o.s: IMSS, Government of Guerrero; m: El Universal).

Nicaragua 4/18/2014

Earthquakes update (10-18 April). 1,446 people evacuated from unsafe buildings. Seismic activity continues. Response: Emergency plans updated in the health sector, clean water administered, and sanitation systems improved in shelters. Medical attention via brigades in five municipalities. Ecuador sends medical supplies and humanitarian assistance. (o.s: INETER, PAHO Office in Nicaragua, SNGR Ecuador; m: El 19 Digital).

Paraguay 4/18/2014

Misiones and Central departments. Floods affect 100 families in San Ignacio (Misiones) and five neighborhoods in Limpio (Central). National response, evaluation of damages, and distribution of humanitarian assistace. (o.s: SEN; m: ABC Color).

Peru 4/18/2014

Ubinas volcano. Evacuation of communities of Querapi and San Carlos de Titi, 100 people in total. Masks distribution in communities affected by ashfall. (o.s: INDECI).

Chile 4/18/2014

Valparaíso Region. Wildfire update (12-18 April). Fire is still active in forested and inhabited areas. 959 people remain in nine shelters. Response: The health network continues to be strengthened with mobile units, brigades of ophthamology operating in affected areas, and mental health attention in shelters. (o.s: Ministry of Health, ONEMI,  PAHO Office in Chile).

Arica y Parinacota and Tarapacá Regions. 8.2M earthquake update. Mental health attention by 30 professionals sent to Tarapacá. (o.s: Ministry of Health).

7.2 Magnitude Earthquake in Mexico

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 10 km at 36 Km of Tecpan de Galeana in the state of Guerrero shook a wide area of Mexico on 18, Friday morning. The earthquake occurred within the "Guerrero Seismic Gap".  The earthquake was felt across a half a dozen states and Mexico’s capital. One hospital in the colony Ciudad Renacimiento was evacuated after the quake and several hotels in the tourist area of the port; blackouts were reported in several cities in Guerrero.

 

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

 
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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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Lessons Learned from the Earthquake in Nicoya, Costa Rica - 5 September 2012

Analyzing life experiences, consolidating the main lessons learned and those still not learned, and improving some aspects of the response to emergencies and disasters: These are the main objectives of the publication Earthquake in Nicoya, Costa Rica - 5 September 2012 - Systematization report of the conclusions of the workshops on lessons learned.

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