Emergency agency evicts itself from headquarters

The national emergency commission is kicking itself out of its headquarters because the structure is not safe if an earthquake takes place.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said Tuesday that the Ministerio de Salud recommended abandoning the administrative building a year ago.

A study already showed weaknesses in the structure of the headquarters building near the Tobias Bolaños airport in Pavas. The commission took steps to relocate persons working on the second floor of the building. Now the entire structure will be evacuated.

The headquarters would be crucial in a major earthquake.

A commission release said the agency would be setting a good example because it has contracted for a study of major buildings in the country to determine earthquake risk.

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