An earthquake shook the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas Saturday night (July 29). More than?
An earthquake shook the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas Saturday night (July 29). More than 200 persons were believed dead, 2,000 seriously injured and 100,000 left homeless. Damage was estimated at more than 15,000,000 dollars.
The quake lasted about 90 seconds. It toppled many large buildings, and victims were trapped beneath the fallen debris. In addition to the 2,000 persons seriously injured, another 3,000 were treated for minor injuries.
The quake also caused shanty houses, inhabited by poor people, to slide down the hills on which they were built. Hundreds of old colonial houses were left roofless, as red roof tiles fell on residents many of whom were eating their evening meals.
One eyewitness to the disaster said he was sitting in the living room of his apartment, when the whole room began to shake and everything in it began to move. There was a loud rumble that kept getting stronger as the quake continued. The eyewitness said many persons in the neighborhood were fleeing into the street, their screams mingling with the steady rumbling of the quake.