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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919

Salvador,   pp. 801-805 PDF (1.4 MB)

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Practically all the houses in San Salvador were damaged. On
account of most of the central buildings having been rebuilt since
the last earthquake in 1917, many having [been?] but recently com-
pleted, there are not so many total ruins to be seen, but nearly all
show evidence of cracks and denudation of plaster. The damage to
the interior of the buildings is much greater than in the previous one
and property which was spared then was entirely destroyed in this
quake. The mercantile houses have suffered greatly and in some
cases the loss being almost complete.
In the outlying districts or bamrios among the poorer dwellings
the destruction has been total and thousands of people are homeless.
All the houses that withstood the last earthquake collapsed and
most of the rebuilt buildings, having been cheaply elected are in
The Legation was damaged, one side having sunk almost a foot.
All the bookcases have been broken and some entirely demolished.
The safes were overturned and everything was in general confusion.
All the plaster left from the last earthquake fell. By the clearing
of the debris and making absolutely necessary repairs it can still be
used as a Legation.
The parks and open squares are filled with the homeless. The
weather has been mild and no rain has fallen since the catastrophe.
This has been a great consolation for the homeless as they were
spared the great hardship and suffering caused by the torrential
weather during the last earthquake. Practically the whole of San
Salvador has been living out of doors as the quakes continue with
much less severity.
The aid for the victims has been placed in the hands of the
Salvadorian Red Cross and Dr. Yudice, the president of the or-
ganization, called at the Legation to request that aid be given by
the American Red Cross in supplying one hundred tents, which
request I cabled to the Department.
I have [etc.]                           FRANK D. ARNOLD
816.48/80: Telegram
The Charge in Guaitemala (Thurston) to the Acting Secretary of
GUATEMALA, May 9, 1919, 5 p,.m.
[Received May 11, 6.30 a.m.]
Department's May 2nd. All tents sent to Guatemala last year re-
turned to United States with the exception of 499 which were
turned over to the Guatemalan Government.

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