Very Strong and Long Earthquake Hits Guatemala

Bomberos Voluntarios from Antigua Guatemala in Action

First of all, I want to thank all the people who got in touch just to make sure I was not under a ruin.

Guatemala was hit today at 13:29 local time (GMT -6) by an earthquake of magnitude of 6.8 (or 6.6, 5.9, 5.4 depends who you read) and duration of 49 seconds. Boy oh boy the land shook, the old houses roared for what seemed forever. Less than two minutes after the land finally stopped moving I checked Automatic Geofon Global Seismic Monitor which registered the earthquake’s epicenter just offshore, on the Pacific Ocean, with a magnitude for 5.9 (it was later updated to 6.6). In the news, they talked about numbers as high as 7.6; but one thing everyone got right it was extremely long: over 40 seconds and down here it felt even longer. According to the backlog, there have been three earthquakes in Guatemala in the last week.

I went to pick my girlfriend at home for lunch and in my way there and back I did not see any damages. So I believe there are no casualties around the area. I haven’t got the chance to see the news for reports around the country.

The emergency services were in full alert and many people suffered panic attacks. Fortunately, no casualties have been listed around La Antigua or in Guatemala. So far so good.

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