Nicaragua on red alert following earthquakes
April 16, 2014
MANAGUA, Nicaragua — While Nicaragua remains on high alert following a series of earthquakes, Unbound sponsored members and staff are safe and reporting minimal damage to homes.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.1 earthquake centered northwest of Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, on April 10. Since then, the country has experienced several strong to moderate quakes, prompting the Nicaraguan government to issue a red alert.
According to a report published by the Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa, the quakes have caused two deaths, dozens of injuries and damage to thousands of buildings.
The Unbound office in Managua reported that sponsored members and their families are safe. The office closed temporarily for safety reasons, though staff members continued to work to ensure help would be given to any sponsored members affected by the quakes.
The main area of concern has been the town of Peñitas, said Ervin Martinez, an Unbound staff member in Nicaragua. Two families reported cracks in their walls caused by the earthquakes.
Peñitas is located on the Pacific coast, and there is a concern quakes might cause tsunamis. Measurements show that the sea level has risen near Peñitas. As a result, five families were being evacuated from their homes.
Unbound works with more than 9,900 children and 900 elders in Nicaragua through our sponsorship program based in Managua.
(Naresli Calito, communications liaison in El Salvador, contributed information for this report.)