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Guatemala Earthquake causes landslides and damages

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Guatemala Earthquake causes landslides and damages

Guatemala, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Landslides and damage to homes in seven departments of Guatemala is the preliminary balance left today by an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, early this morning.
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In a report counting incidents throughout the country, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) counted at least 15 incidents, after the strong earthquake with epicenter in the Pacific Ocean and the coasts of Escuintla, and two aftershocks of 5.0 and 4.8.

According to the source, all were felt in Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Escuintla, Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Jalapa, Quetzaltenango, Quiche, Retalhuleu, Sacatepequez, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Solola, Suchitepequez, Totonicapan, El Progreso and Solola.

Initial reports indicate no human casualties, but nine landslides, two in Chimaltenango, Quetzaltenango and Sacatepequez, and three in Solola, where several localities are without electricity.

Structural cracks are also reported in Sanarate, Escuintla, Guatemala, Mixco and Villa Canales, in this capital city, and in Antigua Guatemala, although national monitoring is still ongoing.

In social networks, users shared videos of the moment when the tremor shook them out of their beds at 01:12 “local time”. Immediately, Conred called on the population to remain calm and follow the recommendations for events of this type, as well as to keep the so-called 24-hour backpack within reach.

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