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.