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A 7.6 Earthquake in Nicaragua Killed At Least 116 in 1992

Today in Latin American history, a 7.6 earthquake in Nicaragua killed at least 116 people in 1992. The 1992 Nicaragua earthquake was the first tsunami earthquake to be captured on modern broadband seismic networks. continue reading »

8.0 Earthquake Hit Dominican Republic Killed 100, Left 20,000 Homeless in 1946

Today in Latin American history, an 8.0 earthquake hit northern Dominican Republic where 100 were killed, 20,000 were left homeless in 1946. The mainshock measured 8.1 on the surface wave magnitude scale and an aftershock occurred four days later. continue reading »

An 8.7 Earthquake Struck Chile Later Causing a Tsunami in 1730

Today in Latin American history, Valparaiso, Chile was hit by an 8.7 earthquake and later tsunami killing 300 in 1730. The earthquake caused severe damage from La Serena to Chillan, while the tsunami affected more than 1,000 km (621.37 mi) of Chile's coastline. continue reading »

A Landslide Kills 600 in Peru in 1971

Today in Latin American history, in Peru a landslide crashed into Lake Yanahuani, killing 600 at the mining camp of Chungar in 1971. An earthquake sets off a series of calamities—a landslide, flood and avalanche--that results in the destruction of the town of Chungar, Peru, and the death of many of its inhabitants. continue reading »

7.5 Earthquake Killed more than 22,000 in Guatemala and Honduras in 1976

Today in Latin American history, a 7.5 earthquake killed more than 22,000 in Guatemala and Honduras in 1976. The earthquake struck during the early morning (at 3:01 am, local time) when most people were asleep. This contributed to the high death toll of 23,000. continue reading »

A Fire Destroyed Two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in 1841

Today in Latin American history, a fire destroyed two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in 1841. The fire burned 300 out of the 500 existing housing units in town. continue reading »

An 8.3 Earthquake Struck Chile Killing 28,000 in 1939

Today in Latin American history, the deadliest earthquake in Chilean history struck Chillán in 1939. The 8.3 earthquake killed an estimated 28,000 people, more than half of the city of Chillán was destroyed. continue reading »

Flash Flood Struck Rio de Janeiro in 1966

Today in Latin American history, a flash flood struck Rio de Janeiro, Brazil killing 400 and displacing 50,000 in 1966. More than 10 inches of rain fell in 12 hours, causing a flash flood. continue reading »

Mudslide Kills 14 in Eastern Mexico

The death toll from a mudslide in a mountainous area in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz has risen to 14, with eight children among the dead, emergency management officials said. continue reading »

Mudslide Kills 3 in Mexico

At least three members of a family, including two children, were killed when a mudslide buried several dwellings in a mountainous area in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz, emergency management officials said Tuesday. continue reading »

6.5 Earthquake Rattles Guatemala

A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala and also caused alarm in neighboring El Salvador, although no casualties were immediately reported. continue reading »

TS Barry Kills 1, Injures 3 in Mexico

Barry, which made landfall in Mexico as a tropical storm but has since weakened to a low-pressure system, left one dead and three injured and caused damage in at least 19 municipalities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said. continue reading »

Southern Mexico Rocked by 5.8 Earthquake

A magnitude-5.8 earthquake rocked southern Mexico early Sunday, but no injuries or serious damage have been reported, the National Seismology Service said. continue reading »

Weather Service Downgrades Hurricane Barbara to Depression After Touching Down in Mexico

Hurricane Barbara was downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday as it moved over southern Mexico, where it killed at least two people, the Mexican national weather service said. continue reading »

Florida Police Call Off Search for Man Swallowed by Sinkhole

Florida officials abandoned their attempt to recover the body of a man who was swallowed by an enormous sinkhole that opened up late last week in the bedroom of his house, presumably killing him. continue reading »

Flood in Jakarta, Indonesia Kills 15

Indonesian autorities raised to 15 Saturday the number of deaths caused this week by flooding across extensive areas of Jakarta, the nation's capital. continue reading »

Death Toll From Southwest China Landslide Rises to 46

The death toll from the landslide in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan increased to 46 after two people who had gone missing were found dead, the official news agency Xinhua said Saturday. continue reading »

Justice Department Warns of Disaster Fraud, Gives Tips for Donating

The Department of Justice, the FBI, and the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) remind the public there is a potential for disaster fraud in the aftermath of a natural disaster. continue reading »

Obama Promises Necessary Aid to Hurricane Sandy’s Victims

U.S. President Barack Obama guaranteed Saturday all necessary aid to states hit by Hurricane Sandy, which left at least 100 dead and widespread damage on the East Coast. continue reading »

Raul Castro Discusses Hurricane Sandy’s “Hard Blow” to Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro said that Hurricane Sandy dealt a "really hard blow" to the eastern province of Santiago, the area of the island most affected by the storm. continue reading »