Fresh tremors on Friday (11 Jan.) shook the central American republic of Nicaragua, whose capital, Managua, was destroyed by an earthquake on December the 23rd.
AERIAL V Wrecked buildings left after first earthquake
SV Spray from helicopter (2 shots)
SV & CU U.S. Geologists (2 shots)
SV Crack on roadway
CU Geologists look over Managua maps
CU General Somoza
SV & GV People listen to General (2 shots)
SV New houses being built as people look on (4 shots)
SV Refugees at makeshift shacks (2 shots)
GV Man wheels trolley past tents
GV Refugees queue for food (2 shots)
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Background: Fresh tremors on Friday (11 Jan.) shook the central American republic of Nicaragua, whose capital, Managua, was destroyed by an earthquake on December the 23rd.
The new 'quakes sent people rushing into the streets in panic in the towns of Masaya and Jinotepe....towns crammed with refugees from the Managua disaster. Masaya is 20 miles (30 kms) southeast of the capital and Jinolepe is 28 miles (47 kms) to the south.
The tremore were also felt lightly in Managua itself, where authorities have started a big clean-up operation to eliminate the threat of disease. Swarms of insects have bred among the rubble, under which there are still believed to be thousands of bodies.
American geologists are in the capital, studying the fault that runs through the city.
Former Nicaraguan President and National strongman, General, Somoza, has said he intends to have the capital rebuilt on the same site. But the tasks of rehousing and feeding the 400-thousand refugees come first.
SYNOPSIS: This is all that's left of Managua, the Nicaraguan capital destroyed by earthquake just before Christmas. Fresh tremors occurred on Friday in Nicaragua, but they were felt only lightly int he capital itself. But they caused concern among those still involved in the recovery and clean-up operation.
The big problem is disease and each day helicopters make war on swarms of insects which have bred among the rubble and thousand of bodies underneath.
Geologists from the United States have been working in Managua, studying the line of the December 'quake....the fault zone. They are mapping the zone and they say that if the fault is a recurring thing--and it probably is--it has implications on decisions of rebuilding.
The decision will be taken by the national strongman, General Somoza, who has already said he wants to rebuild Manague on the old site.
But before that, around 400-thousand refugees have to get food and temporary accommodation....and many may live in prefabricated houses.
Many are now living in makeshift shacks or, at best, in large tent towns. After the problems of rehousing and feeding them have been met, then rebuilding problems can be tackled. Experts say these will take years and that Nicaragua will need all the help it can get.