El Salvador: ravine depth 100 meters and length 500 meters formed in Comasagua

Geologists of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) and the members of the Civil Defense arrived this morning in a village San Antonio in the municipality of Comasagua, the Department of Libertad, in order to check the situation with the formation of the ravine. The ravine appeared in last Tuesday due to erosion of the land after nine days of incessant rains. The depth of the ravine about 100 meters and length 500 meters. People who live near the place where the earth opened, were immediately evacuated for cause the danger of erosion of land. The formation of this ravine was presumably due to saturation of water.

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Comment by Andrey Eroshin on October 26, 2011 at 12:43pm


Minister of Public Works Gerson Martinez, and Environment Minister Herman Rosa Chavez, along with delegates of the Salvadoran Association of Engineers and Architects (ASIA) and the Salvadoran Chamber of Construction (CASALCO), visited the ravine, formed in Comasagua due to recent rains. 180 meters wide at its widest point and a depth of 50 meters, on Tuesday afternoon went over 150 thousand cubic meters of earth and stones. Ravine affected communities of four municipalities: El Refugio, La Estrella, Ascensión and San Antonio. After thorough testing experts said that it happened in the aquifer recharge area, where there are several sources of water that produce landslides and debris flows, forming a gully. This is the area most affected by the rains, which recorded 250 mm of rainfall.


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