Today’s earthquake in Guatemala was epientered near the Mexico border city of Tapachula and felt from Mexico City to El Salvador. At #Atitlan, the earthquake, “Sounded like a freight train rolling down Volcan San Pedro and headed straight for my house,” said one retiree living in San Pedro la Laguna. “It was like it everything was in slow motion, then it hit by house. When the house started shaking, I rand for the door.”
Residents of San Marcos la Laguna reported things falling off shelves and other damage. More severe damage and deaths occurred closer to the border, especially in San Marcos, Huehuetengano, which was hit by a 7.5 earthquakes in 2012.
Boulders and landslides are being cleared from the roads, but shuttles are still running between San Pedro and Antigua. For more news, see Lake Atitlan News.
This earthquake woke up a lot of people around Lake Atitlan around 4 AM, but caused no damage or deaths due to the depth. The quake’s epicenter was in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá, northwest of San Pedro and San Marcos, and just south of the Inter-American Highway.
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.
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.