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9/19/2007

Quake Aftershocks Scare Hondurans

Honduras, C.A.

Government Official Pleads with public to Remain Calm

Tegucigalpa, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Massive evacuation continues in central Honduras due to the aftershocks affecting the country since Saturday's earthquake and forecasts announce new replicas.

Marale municipality, Francisco Morazan, declared an emergency since epicenter of the devastating 5.5 degrees quake in the Richter scale is located south of northern Yoro Department.

Jose Salinas, head of operations of the Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO), said the quake activated faults whose 15-18 aftershocks left over 1,600 victims and destroyed 140 homes at 17 Tolupan indigenous communities.

Marco Burgos, head of COPECO, called the people to stay calm and reminded that this situation is just temporary.

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