Suriel Ramirez, CFCA social worker, has worked for CFCA for nearly 10 years. He shared these insights about the earthquakes that affect the area.
How is this area impacted by quakes?
Our town has always witnessed earthquakes ever since I can remember. Many of the earthquake epicenters surround the mountains in this area.
We are vulnerable because two fault lines cross our state. These tremors have gotten stronger and more frequent since June of 2011.
For some reason, maybe it’s a coincidence, we can feel the strongest quakes the middle of each month.
It is scary to witness these tremors. People are alarmed and rumors of great disaster keep us fearful.
How have these quakes affected the homes of families?
A great number of homes in this area are made of adobe. This type of structure is vulnerable to earthquakes. Walls made with adobe easily break and fall with even small earthquakes.
Walls made with cornstalks and mud are also weak and can easily collapse.
Concrete and cinderblock homes are the safest, but even these homes are in danger when a strong earthquake occurs. Read more