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27 Oct 1998 description

Washington, October 27, 1998 -- The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports Hurricane Mitch, an extremely powerful Category V storm, continues to move westward in the western Caribbean Sea. Mitch has maximum sustained winds of 180 mph and, though the pressure has risen slightly since last evening, This hurricane is the fourth strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic tropical basin and the strongest ever in the month of October.

At 8 a.m.

27 Oct 1998 description

By Angus MacSwan

MIAMI, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Hurricane Mitch, one of the fiercest Atlantic storms on record, whipped the Caribbean on Tuesday with winds up to 180 mph (285 kph) and lashed the Central American coast with heavy rains that threatened to trigger deadly mudslides and flooding.

Mitch, among the strongest Atlantic storms recorded, was extremely dangerous and capable of causing "catastrophic damage," the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

It is significantly more powerful than Hurricane Georges, which killed more than 500 people in a rampage …

30 Jun 1998 description


I. BACKGROUND INFORMATION
An EMOP for US$ 9.4 million in emergency food aid for poor farmers and their families in five countries in Central America, where the El Niño meteorological phenomenon has caused severe drought and floods, was approved by WFP and FAO on 02/12/97 with a 180 days duration. The need to distribute emergency food rations to cover the needs of 323,000 people, mainly children and women, in remote and rugged areas of Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama, was therein identified.

01 Jan 1998 description

Source: Topinka, USGS/CVO, 1998; Base map modified from CIA 1997; volcanoes from Simkin & Siebert, 1994

10 Sep 1995 description

DHA-GVA 95/0411

APPEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE IN CONNECTION WITH HAEMORRHAGIC DENGUE OUTBREAK IN CENTRAL AMERICA
COSTA RICA, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, PANAMA
10 SEPTEMBER 1995

(DHA IS ISSUING THIS APPEAL AT THE REQUEST OF PAHO/WHO)

19 Sep 1991 description


UNDRO 91/1419

GUATEMALA - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
19 SEPTEMBER 1991

1. EARTHQUAKE OF MAGNITUDE 5.3 RICHTER WHICH STRUCK AREA ABOUT 60-100 KMS SOUTHWEST OF GUATEMALA CITY AT 3.48 A.M. LOCAL TIME (9.48 A.M. GMT) ON 18 SEPTEMBER, BEING FOLLOWED BY SEVERAL AFTERSHOCKS.

20 Oct 1988 description

UNDRO 88/2297

GUATEMALA - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
20 OCTOBER 1988

1. SEISMIC ACTIVITY WHICH BEGAN ON 15 OCTOBER, HAS BEEN AFFECTING CHIMALTENANGO AREA, ABOUT 50 KMS WEST OF CAPITAL CITY. END OF SEISMIC ACTIVITY NOT FORESEEN FOR NEAR FUTURE, ALTHOUGH NOT HIGHLY INTENSE.
2. 1,550 PEOPLE LEFT HOMELESS. SERIOUS DAMAGE CAUSED TO HOUSES. DIFFICULTIES IN SUPPLYING DRINKING WATER.

3. NATIONAL EMERGENCY COMMITTEE REQUESTS SUPPORT FOR PROVIDING CLOTHING AND CORRUGATED IRON SHEETS.

04 Oct 1987 description


UNDRO 87/2121

GUATEMALA - FLOODS
SITUATION REPORT NO. 1
4 OCTOBER 1987

SITUATION

1. ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY REPORTS, AT LEAST 45 PEOPLE DIED, OVER 100 MISSING FOLLOWING SUDDEN FLOODS IN HUEHUETENANGO DEPART MENT 150 MILES (260 KM) WEST OF GUATEMALA CITY.

2. TORRENT OF WATER AND MUD AFTER COLLAPSE OF HILL DUE TO HEAVY RAINS WENT INTO RIVERS EL INGERTO AND VALPARAISO WHICH OVERFLOWED, SWEEPING AWAY HOUSES AND BRIDGES AND DAMAGING INFRASTRUCTURE AND CROPS.

22 Jan 1987 description


UNDRO 87/0154

GUATEMALA - VOLCANIC ERUPTION
INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
22 JANUARY 1987

1. FOLLOWING INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM UNDRO/UNDP RESREP AND INSTITUTE OF SEISMOLOGY, VOLCANOLOGY AND METEOROLOGY, GUATEMALA
CITY:

2. ON 21 JAN 87 ABOUT 4 PM LT ERUPTION OF VOLCANO PACAYA SITUATED 25 KMS SOUTH OF GUATEMALA CITY.

3. ASH AND ROCK AFFECTED AREA OF APPROX 50 SQ.KMS. ACTIVITIES CONTINUING TODAY BUT LESS VIOLENTLY. 4. ABOUT 10 PERSONS INJURED AND FIRE CAUSING DAMAGE TO VEGETATION.

24 Oct 1985 description


UNDRO 85/2377

GUATEMALA - EARTHQUAKE
SITUATION REPORT N0. 1
24 OCTOBER 1985

1. IN RESPONSE GOVT REQUEST FOLLOWING EARTHQUAKE ON 11 OCT MEASURING 7.0 ON THE RICHTER SCALE WITH EPICENTRE AT TIERRA BLANCA, MUNICIPALITY OF USPANTAN (NORTHERN GUATEMALA), UNDRO LAUNCHING INTERNATIONAL APPEAL FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE. UNDRO RESIDENT CO-ORDINATOR REPORTS FOLLOWING AFTER FIELD TRIP TO STRICKEN AREA.

01 Jan 1984 description

Topographic map of the Fuego and Acatenango volcanic complexes, adapted by Chesner and Rose, 1984, from Alotenanga and Chimaltenango 1:50,000 quadrangle maps, Instituto Geográfico Nacional, Guatemala.