• Short Summary

    LATEST FIGURES FROM CARACAS, THE CAPITAL OF VENEZUELA, PUT THE DEATH TOLL AT MORE THAN 200 FOLLOWING THE BRIEF BUT VIOLENT EARTHQUAKE WHICH HIT THE CITY AND SURROUNDING AREAS ON SATURDAY (29 JULY 1967) NIGHT.

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    DAMAGED HOTELS AND BUILDINGS; TROOPS CLEARING RUBBLE; BULLDOZERS MOVING DEBRIS; HOMELESS PEOPLE.




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    Background: LATEST FIGURES FROM CARACAS, THE CAPITAL OF VENEZUELA, PUT THE DEATH TOLL AT MORE THAN 200 FOLLOWING THE BRIEF BUT VIOLENT EARTHQUAKE WHICH HIT THE CITY AND SURROUNDING AREAS ON SATURDAY (29 JULY 1967) NIGHT.

    SOME 100,000 PEOPLE ARE OFFICIALLY HOMELESS FOLLOWING THE 90-SECOND QUAKE WHICH SENT TALL BUILDINGS TUMBLING DOWN AND SHANTY TOWNS TOPPLING DOWN HILLS DES. DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN GBP5 MILLION STERLING.

    A COMMUNIQUE FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH SAID THAT MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE HAD BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED AND ANOTHER 3,000 TREATED FOR MINOR HURTS, INCLUDING SHOCK.

    THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR HAS ANNOUNCED THREE DAYS OF PUBLIC MOURNING. AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE UNDAMAGED CHURCHES WERE PACKED WITH PEOPLE.

    APART FROM THE TRAGEDY WHICH IT BROUGHT TO THE TWO MILLION RESIDENTS IN CARACAS THE EARTHQUAKE ALSO CAUSED WIDESPREAD DEVASTATION IN THE NEARBY TOWNS OF LAGUNITA, NAIGUTA AND THE PORT OF LA GUAIRA.

    CARACAS LIVES UNDER THE CONSTANT THREAT OF EARTHQUAKES AND MODERN BUILDINGS ARE BEING DESIGNED WITH BUILT-IN ANTI- QUAKE PRECAUTIONS. SPECIAL STEEL RODS ARE BEING USED TO REINFORCE CONCRETE SKYSCRAPERS RISING SOME 40 STOREYS.

    EXPERTS HAVE MARKED OUT DANGER AREAS FOR BUILDING, LYING CLOSE TO SENSITIVE GEOLOGICAL FAULTS IN THE EARTH'S CRUST. LIGHT TREMORS SHAKE CARACAS ON AVERAGE 12 TIMES A MONTH. THE CAPITAL HAS HAD FOUR MAJOR QUAKES IN ITS 400-YEAR HISTORY. THE WORST WAS IN 1812 WHEN 10,000 PEOPLE DIED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7YBAAUZOSFOZFCK67NCMJ7WK7
    Media URN:
    VLVA7YBAAUZOSFOZFCK67NCMJ7WK7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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