7.4 Earthquake of Guatemala Pacific Coast Today was

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.

For more, see Antigua Guatemala Earthquake News or Lake Atitlan News.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s