June 2, 2009

Ho-hum, another earthquake near La Ceiba, Honduras

Honduras earthquake, June 2, 2009Image: USGS Earthquake Center
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Honduras' 6th earthquake (magnitude 5.0) during the past 6 days occurred at 12:46 a.m. on June 2, 2009, 30 miles (48 km.) southeast of La Ceiba, Atlántida.

Well, I've been trying to move on to other topics, but 'them earthquakes, they just keep a coming! '

detailed map, Honduras earthquake, June 2, 2009Click for a larger view of the map

Comparing the USGS map with a more detailed map, it appears to have been between Olanchito, Yoro, (about 11 miles or 18 km. west of the epicenter) and Saba, Colon, (about 13 miles or 21 km. east of the epicenter). For those familiar with the smaller towns, the epicenter appears to have been very close to Jalisco and El Juncal.

Tremors were felt as far away as Roatán, Tegucigalpa, El Progreso, San Pedro Sula, and Puerto Cortés. Since the epicenter is in a more rural area with fewer people with access to internet, there is only one first-hand "Did you feel it?" report so far from Olanchito.

I haven't been getting much sleep lately. Last night I succumbed and went to bed early, only to be awakened by El Jefe saying, "It's another earthquake." He was pretty sure that this one wasn't an aftershock and he was right. We are all becoming earthquake experts here. ;-)

Though La Prensa has not reported quakes #2 through #5, they quickly updated their internet site for
an article about #6. Unfortunately, as of this moment, they have no information about any damages in the epicenter area and in fact, didn't even mention the names of the nearby towns. It's always surprising to me that they don't immediately send a reporter out to report first-hand on these natural disasters, but they don't. I often feel that outside of the big cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the rest of us are stepchildren.

Let me assure everyone that this quake was very mild in La Ceiba. There probably has been more damage in the Olanchito, Yoro, area but there just isn't any information available yet. The fire department is doing a detailed inspection of buildings in La Ceiba after the 7.3 earthquake on May 28, and so far have only encountered minimal damages such as cracks in walls.

COPECO (Honduras' national emergency agency) reports that we have had 300 aftershocks in the past 5 days in Honduras.

I hope Hilary Clinton doesn't mind some rocking and rolling at the big OAS (Organization of American States) meeting. If she thought that last night was an earthquake, she should have been here for the 7.3!

Related earthquake articles:

Then there were five (Honduran earthquakes)
Make that four Honduran earthquakes
Not one Honduran quake, but three!
Earthquake - The first time the earth moved for me, then again and again and again
Terremoto! 7.1 Earthquake in Honduras

Sorry if that seems excessive. If you or your loved ones were here, you might not think so!

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