Monday, April 6, 2009

31 Homes Damaged by Temblors

At least 31 homes of mud construction were damaged and six destroyed in a village of Villa Canales, after earthquakes shook the area around Guatemala City.

A swarm of quakes has been going on for two days and is expected to continue for another three days. The swarm has brought temblors up to magnitude 4.7 on Sunday afternoon.

Eddy Sanchez, director of the Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH), explained that most of the days activity was on the Jalpatagua fault.

At least five earthquakes caused panic among some Guatemalans. Those concerned devised plans and gathered candles, blankets, food and water in case of a more serious earthquake.

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