October 25th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) National Risk Prevention and Emergency Response (CNE, in Spanish), increased the existing “green” alert to a “yellow” alert for the Pacific zone, while keeping in place the green alert for the Central Valley, as a result of Tuesday’s earthquake as well heavy rains rains being generated as a result of now-Hurricane Sandy.
Authorities from CNE are coordinating with institutions from the National System of Risk Administration (SNGR, in Spanish) and municipal emergency councils, in order to carry out immediate response and damage assessment, especially in the Southern and Northern Pacific areas, where heavy rains have continued to cause problems.
In declaring a yellow alert, the CNE and other institutions that comprise Costa Rica’s emergency system will be able to assign and transfer personnel and resources in less time to the affected areas.
No considerable damage has been reported as a result of Tuesday’s magnitude 6.6 earthquake, besides fallen objects, a fractured house in San Martin, Nicoya, and another fracture to a home reported in San Jose, which were assessed on Tuesday by the corresponding authorities.
Institutions such as the Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS), Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), and the National Electric and Light Company (CNFL) have not reported any damage caused by the earthquake. Despite this, assessments were carried out to ensure the safety of the infrastructure.
The side effects of Hurricane Sandy continue to cause problems throughout Costa Rica, specifically on the Pacific coasts, as rains and rainwater continue to accumulate.
CNE field personnel reported continuous rain in the Pacific, resulting in flooded homes and landslides that have isolated communities.
In the southern area, the most affected towns are Perez Zeledon, in which rivers rose sharply and wastewater systems collapsed, causing homes to flood; Osa, in which the communities of San Josecito, Drake, El Progreso and Banegas have become cutoff after landslides and road damage leading to the towns; and Golfito, where CNE assisted 40 people whose homes had been flooded.