struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala around 5 PM MST. No reports from the scene yet. People in San Marcos felt it at Lake Atitan, and someone in Santiago reported that things hanging on the walls had “…moved quite a bit.” The magnitude was later reduced to 6.2.
The votes are in, and from the exit polls we are projecting the El Barrio Bar is once again the best bar on 7th Avenue in San Pedro la Laguna. Everyone agrees El Barrio is still the place where the local ex-pats hang out on in San Pedro.
Weekly Events at El Barrio Bar
Each night starts with a spin of the wheel, when a customer gets to pick the drink special. Mojitos are Q10 every night (unless you would rather pay Q30 at a Pana bar), and so are Cuba Libres. Beer specials too.
El Barrio hosts a Pub Quiz on Wednesdays at 7 PM. On Mondays, you can get Q2 Chicken Wings with any liter of beer. Karl and Trish serve home-cooked meals on Tuesdays around 7. On Saturdays, dont miss the all-you-can-eat brunch from 10 AM-4 PM.
There’s satellite TV, music and bands or special events on some nights, and a cozy fire outside.
For a review of El Barrio, see San Pedro Nightlife. This link leads to the Facebook page for El Barrio San Pedro, with the latest information.
felt at Lake Atitlan and even Guatemala City, where homes and offices were evacuated. It occurred at 10:35 AM local time (MST) and shook the earth and buildings at Lake Atitlan for about five seconds.
Earthquake Felt at Lake Atitlan
“The rebar on my roof was rattling for the first time in a quake,” said one San Pedro resident. Others said it was the strongest they had experienced in Guatemala. Several thousand people died in the 1976 earthquake, which was a 7.5.
Today’s 7.4 Earthquake
As of 7 PM MST today, 39 deaths and 155 injuries have been reported, along with structural damage and totally collapsed buildings, mainly in San Marco on the Mexican border and two nearby towns. Eighteen buildings collapsed in Xela, and more damage reports are expected. Up to 100 people remain missing.
Earthquake Felt at San Pedro la Laguna
No damage was reported at San Pedro or other Lake Atitlan, where it last about ten seconds. People in Guatemala City say it went on for almost a minute and was very strong.
A tsunami warning was eventually issued, and some coastal communities were evacuated as a precaution. At 5 in the afternoon, everything is back to normal at the lake — whatever passes for normal here today.
It has been chilly in the mornings and evenings, so bring a sweater or light jacket.
For more info and a link to a weather satellite view of the region, see Lake Atitlan weather.