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The San Salvador earthquake of October 10, 1986; casualties, search and rescue, and response of the health care system

Michael E. Durkin
The San Salvador earthquake of October 10, 1986; casualties, search and rescue, and response of the health care system
Earthquake Spectra (August 1987) 3 (3): 621-634

Abstract

The San Salvador earthquake caused a relatively large number of casualties. Perhaps one-third of the fatalities occurred in engineered structures. Structural collapse, nonstructural elements, occupant actions, fire, and soil failure all played a role in earthquake injuries. The collapse of several multistory buildings necessitated heavy rescue operations by local authorities, foreign experts, and volunteers. This experience revealed the need for better coordination of such efforts in future disasters. Earthquake damage significantly disrupted local health services, causing evacuation of all major hospitals. Health care continues in temporary facilities. Future health service decentralization is a possible positive outcome.


ISSN: 8755-2930
EISSN: 1944-8201
Serial Title: Earthquake Spectra
Serial Volume: 3
Serial Issue: 3
Title: The San Salvador earthquake of October 10, 1986; casualties, search and rescue, and response of the health care system
Author(s): Durkin, Michael E.
Affiliation: University of Southern California, School of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Pages: 621-634
Published: 198708
Text Language: English
Publisher: Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Berkeley, CA, United States
References: 10
Accession Number: 2021-000769
Categories: SeismologyEnvironmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 4 tables
N13°40'00" - N13°40'00", W89°10'00" - W89°10'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2020, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 2021
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