Earthquake triggers landslides in western Guatemala
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake in western Guatemala on 14th June resulted in landslides that closed the Inter-American Highway, which connects many Central American nations.
Catholic Relief Services, the US bishops’ international development agency, was conducting an assessment of the region to determine what response was warranted.
The temblor, which struck at about 1.30am local time was centred five miles southwest of Tajumulco, near San Marcos, the largest nearby city with a population of 45,000.
Two casualties were reported, but it could not be immediately determined if they were attributable to the quake.
In Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second-largest city and about 32 miles southeast of San Marcos, damage was reported to 43 buildings; many walls were separated in older dwellings. Power outages were reported in smaller communities closer to the epicentre.
Picture: Men stand inside the Quetzaltenango cathedral on 14th June after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Guatemala’s western region. (CNS photo/Catholic Relief Services).Tags: earthquake, Guatemala