Today in Latin American History
Explosion in Guadalajara Killed 250, Left 15,000 Homeless in 1992
Photo: Guadalajara sewer explosion
Today in Latin American history, in an explosion in Guadalajara, Mexico, 206 people were killed, nearly 500 injured and 15,000 left homeless in 1992.
Numerous gasoline explosions in the sewer system over four hours destroyed 5 miles (8 kilometers) of streets.
City workers were dispatched to check the sewers and found dangerously high levels of gasoline fumes.
Unfortunately, the city mayor did not feel it was necessary to evacuate the city because he felt that there was no risk for an explosion.
The estimated monetary damage ranges between $300 million and $1 billion.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés established a settlement at Veracruz, Mexico in 1519
- Today in LatAm history, a day after the Battle of San Jacinto
, forces under Texas General Sam Houston captured Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna in 1836
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Mexico Nicolás Bravo who was in office in 1839 died in 1854
- Today in LatAm history, the United States Navy began a blockade of Cuban ports and the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship during the Spanish-American War in 1898
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Kaká who plays for the National team & Real Madrid was born in 1982