Photos: Strong Earthquake Hit Off Guatemala Coast

8 11 2012

Residents walk among rubble after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012. The mountain village, some 80 miles (130 kilometers) from the epicenter, suffered much of the damage with some 30 homes collapsing in its center. There are three confirmed dead and many missing after the strongest earthquake to hit Guatemala since a deadly 1976 quake that killed 23,000. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala on Wednesday at  around 10:35 a.m. local time (11:35 EDT),  killing at least 48 people.

At least 23 people are still missing.

The strong earthquake damaged buildings, cars and roads. 

The quake struck off Guatemala’s Pacific coast, 15 miles south of Champerico and 101 miles west-southwest of the capital”, said the US Geological Survey.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 26 miles below the surface.

Most of the dead were buried under debris in San Marcos state, a mountainous region near the Mexican border.

Landslides that blocked the roads in some areas and severely damaged about 40 houses.

San Marcos state governor Luis Rivera said that the state government offices were almost completely destroyed.

In Guatemala City, office workers evacuated office buildings, although most soon returned to work.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a small tsunami was registered on Guatemala’s coast, adding that there was a risk of localized damage within a 62 mile radius.

The quake was also felt in El Salvador and more than 765 miles away in Mexico City.

This is a disaster!

Two women walk past a building damaged after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Residents begin clearing rubble from a damaged building after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Residents on motorcycles drive past a damaged road after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

A police officer stands in the archway of a building damaged by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)





Photos of Giant Sinkhole In Guatemala City

24 06 2010

Tropical Storm Agatha brought heavy rains to Guatemala City at the end of May 2010.

The rain caused a giant sinkhole in the city.

The sinkhole swallowed at least one three-story building!

It was a disaster.

Guatemala City is the capital of Republic Guatemala.

It is also the largest city in Central America.

Below are photos from AP.

A sinkhole created by tropical storm Agatha covers a street intersection in downtown of Guatemala City on Sunday, May 30, 2010. Torrential rains brought by the first tropical storm of the 2010 season pounded Central America and southern Mexico, triggering deadly landslides.(AP Photo/STR)

Neighbors gather near the site of a sinkhole in Guatemala City May 30, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel LeClair








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