Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Strong earthquake strikes Guatemala

On Wednesday morning, a strong 7-plus (some say 7.2, others 7.4.4 magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala. The quake was located southwest of Champerico, off the Pacific coast. At least 48 people were killed and another 100 were missing, many in the department of San Marcos. 76,000 people were left without power. Roads and buildings collapsed. Mudslides also blocked the Interamerican Highway.

Wednesday's earthquake was the strongest since the big 1976 quake that killed 23,000 people. The government did not get high remarks following the recent volcanic eruption. Hopefully, they are better prepared for today's disaster.

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