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Big quake off Honduras kills 6, crumbles houses
Thu May 28, 2009 10:50pm EDT
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By Gustavo Palencia
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook Honduras on Thursday, killing at least six people, knocking down flimsy homes and causing damage in neighboring Guatemala.
The offshore quake destroyed some 60 houses and damaged scores of other buildings across the north of Honduras, a poor country of 7 million people, and briefly triggered a tsunami alert for Central America's Caribbean coast.
Emergency services officials said six people died and at least 25 were injured in the earthquake but the toll could rise as reports come in from poor villages in the mountainous area along the coast.
"It is not alarming, it is not a calamity. For the type of earthquake it was, the damage is minor," Honduran President Manuel Zelaya told local radio.
Venezuela was sending aid to rebuild 120 homes, he said.
Four children, aged 3 to 15, died when their homes collapsed after the quake struck in the early hours of the morning near the resort island of Roatan.
"They were all asleep. Most of them died crushed," said Randolfo Funes, an official at Honduras' civil protection agency.
The earthquake hit 39 miles northeast of Roatan, the biggest of the country's three picturesque Bay Islands, where snorkelers and divers come to see dolphins and a big coral reef. It had a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles. Earthquakes that close to the earth's surface are often more powerful than deeper tremors.
On Roatan, rescue officials said the quake had knocked out power and caused minor damage to buildings.
Houses also collapsed in Puerto Cortes and Santa Barbara, where the ceiling of a colonial church caved in, while fires broke out in the northern business city of San Pedro Sula.
The tremor sent people running into the street and the power was cut in some areas.
"I felt the car rock and I started to hear little bits of debris from the building next door hitting the roof," said Pedro Ramirez, a security guard who was in his truck in the capital of Tegucigalpa. "It was frightening because it was shaking a lot. I've never felt anything like it."
Foreign ministers from throughout the Americas, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are to meet in Honduras' No. 2 city, San Pedro Sula, next week at a gathering of the Organization of American States.
A State Department spokesman said Clinton still planned to attend the OAS meeting and added that the United States was ready to assist Honduras with relief efforts if asked. Continued...
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