We visited El Salvador two weeks after the disastrous earthquake of 13 January 2001 (Mw = 7.6) at the request of the Ambassador of E1 Salvador in México. México is dose to El Salvador in many ways, and one of us had studied an earlier earthquake disaster in this country (Lomnitz and Schultz, 1966). One result of our fact-finding emergency mission is the present report. We thank the government of El Salvador for timely and effective assistance and hospitality. It is a pleasure to acknowledge the valuable comments of José Luis Chávez and Franz Sauter in...

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