There are no earthquakes in Belize. We’ve gotten a few rumbles, but nothing more.
A few years ago we got regular flooding in the Belize River Valley, in San Ignacio even, but they’ve built 3 dams and now we very little serious flooding.
We get bush fires and we have no way of fighting them. They burn themselves out. Nobody lives in those areas and if they do they get out of the way. It’s not a problem here. I’ve never heard of anyone getting killed of bush fire or losing their house.
I always think of Belize as a blessed country. We’re lucky with hurricanes. Hurricane Mitch a few years ago devastated Honduras, the bay islands, Mexico, and Guatemala; it went all around Belize in a circle but no damage in Belize at all. I’ve been living here for 30 years and we’ve had three hurricanes. They damaged the coastal area, Placencia was hit by one, up north sometimes in Corozal, but not too bad. The only bad one was the one that hit Placencia about 20 years ago.
They’re far more vulnerable in the cayes (islands) and the coast than you are inland, in Cayo. We get strong winds and rain, but that’s it. San Ignacio is about 70 miles inland from the coast so it doesn’t get the devastating effects of hurricanes that you would get if you were on the coast. There’s no really effect at all in Cayo apart from rain and wind.
If there’s a hurricane is approaching the coast of Belize, everybody comes to Cayo – all the schools are full, the houses are full, the hotels are full, everyone comes to Cayo for safety. In 1961, Hurricane Hattie wiped out Belize City. As a result, they moved the capital to the center of the country, to the city of Belmopan, which is in the Cayo District. Belize City is still the commercial capital of Belize, but Belmopan is the official capital of the country.
(Water Resources Management Class at Chollilo Dam, Cayo District, Belize, pictured.)