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March 17th, 2010
City recognizes disaster efforts

030810chileLeft to right: San Marcos City Councilmember Kim Porterfield, Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Harvey Miller, and Councilmember John Thomaides. Photo by Don Anders.

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, along with City Councilmembers Kim Porterfield and John Thomaides, presented a proclamation to citizen Harvey Miller encouraging San Marcos residents to send aid to the victims of earthquakes in both Haiti and Chile.

While the Chilean earthquake on Feb. 27 was much stronger than the one in Haiti, Chile was better prepared for earthquakes, which are so common there that school children are regularly drilled in case of a quake. The damage in Chile is estimated to be up to $30 billion, involving more than 500,000 homes. The death toll is low, estimated to be around 220 people, due to Chilean preparedness and the placement of the quake.

No living Haitian had ever experienced an earthquake and the damage from the quake on Jan. 12, with damage estimated to be around $14 billion with a loss of more than 200,000 lives. Most of the major cities were hit. The building codes in Haiti were not formulated for an earthquake disaster.

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