Guatemala earthquake kills 5, injures 7, causes landslides

Published on : Friday, June 16, 2017

Gautemala earthquakeA large earthquake that hit western Guatemala, close to the border region early on Wednesday morning killed at least five people, as announced by the president of the country.


The earthquake had its centered at a distance of nearly 3 miles away from the north to northeastern portion of San Pablo in Guatemala, as per the U.S. Geological Survey with a magnitude of 6.9. It had struck around 3.29 a.m. at a depth of more than 58 miles. San Marcos has over 25,000 residents.


Jimmy Morales, the president of Guatemala said that two of the victims included a woman in the city of Quetzaltenango and a homeless man based in San Sebastian Retalheuleu, as reported by the local media.


Both the towns are situated close to the epicenter of the quake.


The woman died when a wall had collapsed on top of her. The man met his end after he was struck by a piece that fell from a church as he was walking by it. Three other women had died of heart attacks during and even after the tremors, as per the media. Morales said that the loss of lives is greatly mourned.


The officials told the media that the tremor had led to massive damage to homes and had triggered landslides.


Police have said that the injury took place when certain portions of a church collapsed in San Sebastian Retalhuelu in southern Guatemala. Several departments or states have lost power after the tremor, as per the media. Schools were all canceled on Wednesday as the officials inspected the structures.


The area where the earthquake was based is scarcely populated and also a bit mountainous. Here, a majority of the residents operate small businesses or small farms.


About 11 people were treated for injuries in Chiapas, the southeastern Mexican state. Twenty houses and five schools were damaged, according to state officials. Local Civil Protection authorities claimed that the earthquake was felt all throughout the state.


Guatemala is actually based in a risk zone for tremors since it is the place where the Caribbean Cocos tectonic plates merge with the tectonic plates of North America.


In 2017, two earthquakes stronger than 6.9 had been recorded. Both of them had struck in the Eastern Hemisphere.


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