Thursday, November 8, 2012

Quake Causes Death and Destruction in Northwestern Guatemala

The departments of northwestern Guatemala were struck hard by Wednesday's Mag 7.4 quake.  The area around Retalhuleu and San Marcos suffered the most damage with rubble in the streets from collapsed buildings.  Dozens of buildings collapsed, streets are cracked, and at least 48 persons were killed.  The quake was followed by five strong aftershocks.  The search for more casualties continues.

Most of the energy of the quake traveled north and northeast from the epicenter.  Eyewitnesses reported strong shaking in Guatemala City.  The quake was felt 600 miles away in Mexico City where people fled swaying buildings.   Eyewitnesses in Rio Dulce on the Atlantic side of Guatemala, 300 miles to the east of the epicenter, reported that the quake was barely felt in that region.