TEGUCIGALPA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- The Honduran government declared on Tuesday a national emergency due to a series of earthquakes after the one
measuring 7.1 on Richter scale that killed seven people on May 28.
"The government has decided to declare a national emergency as a consequence of the earthquake and aftershocks in the country," said Honduran
President's Private Secretary Enrique Reina in a press conference.
The government also ordered the finance ministry to distribute the funds from the Bolivarian Alternatives for the Americas (ALBA) and the
international community to rebuild the affected area.
On May 28, a strong earthquake in northern Honduras killed seven people and caused damages worth some 100 million U.S. dollars.
The authorities said that the country has been shaken by at least 400 aftershocks without victims or material damages reported.
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'' TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, May 28 (UPI) -- At least one person was killed Thursday when a powerful earthquake hit Honduras registering 7.1 on the
Richter Scale, officials said.
The lone reported casualty was a 15-year-old boy, El Heraldo newspaper reported online following the early morning quake.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was near the Honduran Island of Roatan, popular with travelers.
Honduras has been placed on alert for a possible tsunami following the quake. So far there have been no reports of encroaching waters on the Central
American country's coast.
There were some reports of power outages near the epicenter of the quake. No other damage was reported.
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'' Unprecedented Quake Swarm Shakes Up Texas City
The first swarm of tremors to ever shake a northern Texas city in recorded history alarmed officials so much they have hired a geologist to determine
if the rumblings pose any serious threat.
A total of five micro-earthquakes with magnitudes of between 2.3 and 2.6 occurred within a three-day period just east of downtown Cleburne, a city
located about 30 miles south-southwest of Fort Worth.
“Most folks are not necessarily scared or worried about it,” Cleburne City Manager Chester Nolen told the Fort Worth Business Press after the
shaking from the third quake stopped. “We’ve got some people, they’re worried that it’s due to the gas drilling, then we’ve got some
scientists who say, ‘oh it’s all due to gas drilling.’”
Drilling for natural gas has expanded rapidly across central and northern Texas since the 1980’s in a geological formation known as the Barnett
More than 10,000 wells are now in operation, and could possible be linked to the 10 unprecedented tremors that have occurred within 100 miles of Fort
Worth since 2008.
According to the book Texas Earthquakes, written by University of Texas Austin geologist Cliff Frohlich, drilling itself does not cause earthquakes.
“However, earthquakes in some parts of Texas may be induced by the pumping of fluids at oil and gas fields or by the injection of fluids to dispose
of chemical wastes … In only a few fields does evidence indicate that oil and gas pumping induces earthquakes,” Frohlich wrote.
Many Cleburne residents say they’re still not convinced it's not responsible for the whole lot of shaking going on around their town.
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