NICARAGUA: Bracing for the Aftershocks

Even as smoke still curled above the ruins of Managua, Nicaraguans were already beginning to contemplate recovery from the devastating pre-Christmas earthquake that flattened 80% of the city. Restoration of the country's capital—the home, until the quake, of 400,000 of Nicaragua's 2,000,000 population—now poses both problems and opportunities for the family that had dictator ially governed the country for 40 years. TIME Correspondent David DeVoss toured the ravaged city last week and sent this report:

"GODDAMMIT!" shouted a handsome figure in tailored army fatigues at Managua's Las Mercedes Airport. "What I need...

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