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.
Everyone at the lake and Antigua felt the 5.2 earthquake today. It happened halfway between Escuintla and the Pacific Coast. Not many structures there, so little damage.
But I’ll bet the folks at Montericco were all shook up!
The earthquake was felt here at Lake Atitlan at 3:21 AM today, September 20.
It happened on the Pacific coast 13 miles from Puerto San Jose and 44 miles deep, so the folks at Monterrico must have really been rattled.