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11 Jul 1997 description

By Omar Lugo


CARIACO, Venezuela (Reuter) - Search teams pumped oxygen Friday into the mangled ruins of an office block flattened by an earthquake that killed at least 68 people in eastern Venezuela, many of them children buried in
classrooms.

''We've injected air to help anybody still alive to keep going,'' said fire chief Angel Freites as firemen fed 50-foot air
hoses down holes opened in the rubble of what was once a six-story building.

10 Jul 1997 description
By Omar Lugo

CUMANA, Venezuela (Reuter) - Rescue teams in eastern Venezuela Thursday tried to reach survivors trapped beneath collapsed buildings by an earthquake that hit the Caribbean coast and killed at least 36 people.

Schools and office buildings were flattened by the temblor, which measured 6.9 on the open-ended Richter scale and officials said the death toll could rise from Venezuela's worst earthquake in three decades.
10 Jul 1997 description
  1. The United States Geological Survey reports that an earthquake occurred in Venezuela on 9 July at 19.24 GMT (15.24 local time). Preliminary hypocentre: latitude 10.4 North, longitude 63.5 West. Preliminary Magnitude: 6.8 on the Richter Scale.

    2. According to initial reports, 36 dead (out of whom 22 when a school collapsed in Cariaco). 162 injured.

    3. Most affected areas: towns (some 400 km east of Caracas) of Cariaco, Casanai and Cumana.