Caracas Venezuela 1967 (ERNAL)

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Event ID
196707300000
Event name
Caracas
Country
Venezuela
Epicentral coordinates (long/lat)
POINT(-67.31 10.555)
WKT GIS format
GEMECD contributing partner
ERNAL
Event narrative

On July 29th 1967 at 8p.m. local time, an earthquake occurred off the coast of Venezuela north of Caracas which was of moderate magnitude (Mw 6,6) and had a focal depth between 8 and 25 km. Over a wide area, between Puerto Cabello in the west, Higuerote in the East and El Sombrero in the south almost everyone felt the earthquake. Most people reported that during the earthquake it was difficult to stand and a few people driving cars were disturbed by it. Damage to most single-storey structures was slight, even when these were cosnstructed of inferior materials such as adobe and tapia, but in Caracas four multi-storey apartment buildings collapsed completely and one at Carabelleda on the north coast collapsed partially. Nearly three hundred people were killed by the collapse of these buildings.

Date of occurrence (UTC)
1967-07-30
date
Time of occurrence (UTC)
00:00:00
time
Date of occurrence (local)
1967-07-29
date
Time of occurrence (local)
20:00:00
time
Day of the week (local)
Saturday
Magnitude
6.6
Magnitude units
Moment (Mw)
Focal depth
23.1
km
Seismological data: source
USGS
Seismological data: comment

ShakeMap Atlas

Overview data
Loss: Human Casualty
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People injured
1536
number
People injured: source
EmDat

People seriously injured: status
N/A

People missing
0
number

People killed
275
number
People killed: source
CAR database
People killed: comment

Most people died due to the collapse of 5 multi-storey buildings, four in Los Palos Grandes (Caracas) and one in Caraballeda. USGS (ExpoCat) estimated: 240

People killed: status
Approximate

People killed due to ground shaking
275
number
People killed due to ground shaking: source
CAR database
People killed due to ground shaking: status
Approximate

People dying post catastrophe due to shaking
0
number

People missing due to tsunami
0
number
People killed due to tsunami
0
number
People missing due to fire following
0
number
People killed due to fire following
0
number
People missing due to slope failures
0
number
People killed due to slope failures
0
number
Loss: Building damage
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Total number of buildings destroyed by shaking
16
number
Total number of buildings destroyed by shaking: source
CAR database
Total number of buildings destroyed by shaking: comment

6 buildings collapsed and 10 had to be demolished


Number of buildings damaged by shaking
410
number
Number of buildings damaged by shaking: source
CAR database
Number of buildings damaged by shaking: comment

161 multi-storey buildings & 257 single-family dwellings were damaged (all in Caracas) incl. the 10 that would be demolished

Number of buildings damaged by shaking: status
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Number of dwellings destroyed by shaking: status
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Number of dwellings damaged by shaking: status
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Loss: Socioeconomic
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People homeless
1000
number
People homeless: source
CAR database
People homeless: comment

Estimate from the fact that 16 multi-storey buildings either collapsed or had to be demolished

People homeless: status
Approximate

Direct economic loss
85
million US$
Direct economic loss: source
CAR database
Direct economic loss: comment

Economic loss estimates vary from 50 to 280 million US$ (Ambraseys reported 88 million US$)

Direct economic loss: status
Greater than

Indirect economic loss: status
N/A

Insured loss: status
N/A

Demographics
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Total number of buildings: status
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