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Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief

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Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief

K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler

Pub. date: 2011 | Online Pub. Date: April 07, 2011 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412994064 | Print ISBN: 9781412971010 | Online ISBN: 9781412994064 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.

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El Chichón Eruption (1982)

Kristin Stevens

In 1982, the El Chichón volcano erupted in Chiapas, Mexico, killing 2,000 people. It was the worst volcanic disaster in Mexico's recorded history. Very little was known about this volcano, with few geological studies and little to no monitoring of activity. The eruptions were therefore a surprise to both scientists as well as government officials. Small earthquakes were felt in the region, causing the Chiapas government to request help from the federal government. The actions of all levels of government were slow, and no help was made available ...

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