Cariaco Venezuela 1997 (ERNAL)

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Event ID
199707091924
Event name
Cariaco
Country
Venezuela
Epicentral coordinates (long/lat)
POINT(-63.532 10.465)
WKT GIS format
GEMECD contributing partner
ERNAL
Event narrative

On July 9th 1997 a strong earthquake of a magnitude Mw=6.9 with epicentre 70km from Cumana occurred. In the epicentral area near Cariaco (Sucre Province) and other towns in the coastal region the earthquake caused more than 70 deaths. In Cariaco the earthquake caused the complete and partial collapse of RC school buildings. In many villages nearly all dwelling house were damaged. Soil liquefaction and other secondary ground faillure effects could be observed at many places and causes damage to roads and wharves.

Date of occurrence (UTC)
1997-07-09
date
Time of occurrence (UTC)
19:23:00
time
Date of occurrence (local)
1997-07-09
date
Time of occurrence (local)
15:23:00
time
Day of the week (local)
Wednesday
Magnitude
6.9
Magnitude units
Moment (Mw)
Focal depth
10
km
Seismological data: source
USGS
Seismological data: comment

ShakeMap Atlas

Overview data
Loss: Human Casualty
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People injured
531
number

People seriously injured: status
N/A

People missing
0
number

People killed
81
number
People killed: source
USGS
People killed: comment

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People killed due to ground shaking
81
number
People killed due to ground shaking: source
USGS
People killed due to ground shaking: comment

ShakeMap Atlas


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: comment

The 6-storey Miramar RC building collapsed in Cumana killing 21 people; two schools collapsed,
burying 30 schoolchildren in Cariaco; the roof of an
open air parking lot collapsed in Margarita

Total number of buildings destroyed by shaking: status
N/A

Number of buildings damaged by shaking: status
N/A

Number of dwellings destroyed by shaking: status
N/A

Number of dwellings damaged by shaking: status
N/A

Loss: Socioeconomic
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People homeless
3000
number
People homeless: source
CAR database

Direct economic loss
40
million US$
Direct economic loss: source
CAR database
Direct economic loss: comment

From Munich Re


Indirect economic loss: status
N/A

Insured loss
0
million US$
Insured loss: source
Munich Re

Demographics
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Total number of buildings: status
N/A