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A 5.4 tremor on the Richter?s scale occurred in Venezuela

A tremor was registered at the central zone of Venezuela at 4:40 am (local time) with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter’s scale and 3.4 degrees of depth, informed Richard Garces, President of the Venezuelan Foundation of Seismological Research (Funvisis, Spanish acronym).

The epicenter was located at 13 kilometers to the southwest of Los Teques and Northwest of Cua, Miranda state.

The tremor generated an aftershock of 4.0 on the Richter scale and 1,4 degrees of depth at 4:57 am this Monday morning.

Likewise, Garces informed that the movement of the earth's crust came back to normal. “We can consider as normal the movement of the earth's crust after this tremor,” he assured.

Garces reiterated that, so far, they have no records of physical damages.

The Minister of People's Power for Interior and Justice, Tarek El Aissami, informed that, up to now, there are no records of structural or physical damages and he made a call to Venezuelan population to remain calmed.

“The call is to remain calmed. Luckily, up to now, we have no damages registered,” he insisted.

Furthermore, El Aissami said that there was ordered an immediate deploy of the whole security and prevention organs, such as police and fire-fighters, to guarantee Venezuelans' safety.

“We have given the order for an immediate deploy of patrols to guarantee the safety of all the people that are around their houses,” he emphasized.

El Aissami explained that prevention staff is monitoring poor neighbourhoods, communities and organizations in Caracas.

In turn, the Mayor of Caracas, Jorge Rodriguez, insisted on the call to calm made to the population, as well as he assured that the security forces of the Metropolitan Area are already patrolling Caracas' streets.

In addition, the Minister of People's Power for Public Works and Housing, Diosdado Cabello, informed that the subway and railroads are working as usual.

He added that the electric power system is also working normally.

Bolivarian News Agency (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / May 4th, 2009

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