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Honduran quake victims request prayer


Mennonite World Conference News Service
May 30, 2009
- Ferne Burkhardt

Strasbourg, France – An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck at about midnight on May 28. The epicentre of the two-minute quake was the Caribbean coast just north of Bay Islands. Six people have been reported dead, and 25 injured throughout the country.

Javier Soler, president of Mennonite World Conference member church Amor Viviente in the country, reports that the congregations have apparently not suffered casualties but several church buildings have been damaged.

The impact was very strong in the Bay Islands. The house of the pastor of Amor Viviente La Lima was badly shaken because of the kind of constructions in that area. The family lost personal and electronic items.

Soler continues efforts to contact pastors throughout the country but communication is difficult. Electricity was interrupted in several areas, and internet connections, phones and mobiles are not working.

Unlike their Central American neighbours who do experience earthquakes, Hondurans generally receive only small aftershocks, but this time it was the other way around, says Soler. Suggestions that another quake may strike is adding to the tension.

This quake was felt all over the country, but the north coast, (Bay Islands, Puerto Cortés, San Pedro Sula, Progreso, Lima, Ceiba and Tela) sustained the greatest damage to homes, public and historic buildings, churches, hotels and roads. In El Progreso, Yoro, parts of the main bridge connecting the city collapsed.

The main port at Puerto Cortés was closed but all four international and domestic airports remained open.

Soler is requesting prayer for victims of the quake and that God will give people strength to rebuild and repair damage and to continue to do God's work as they recover from the situation.

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