Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Guatemala City - Strong Quake Off Guatemala Kills 18 - Felt In Mexico City Reuters

By Mike McDonald

GUATEMALA CITY Wed Nov 7, 2012 5:01pm EST

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A sturdy earthquake from the coast involving Guatemala shook properties inside funds and also mortally wounded at the least 18 individuals On Wednesday, trapping other folks less than rubble as well as triggering evacuations as miles away while Mexico City.

The 7.4 specifications quake reach at 10:35 a.m. area time period (11:35 EDT). A local shoot leader claimed the particular dead had been hidden within rubble with two different Guatemalan villages inside the mountainous district near the Mexican border.

Landslides have been blocking highway using some areas, professionals said, along with about 40 residences were gravely damaged.

It had been the actual most profitable earthquake to kick Guatemala since some sort of 7.5 magnitude quake in 1976 in which stated above 20,000 lives.

President Otto Perez said that as much as 100 people have been unaccounted for, according to stories from relatives.

"These usually are primary figures along with we do not own these individuals confirmed," Perez reported with Guatemala City . "Our goal is to focus on lives, rescuing folks and treating the actual wounded."

He mentioned at this time there possessed been personal training aftershocks. Local criticism primary Cecilio Chacaj mentioned this figures regarding that 18 dead ended up pulled coming from rubble from the towns with San Marcos along with Quetzaltenango.

The quake minted off Guatemala's Pacific coast, 15 miles south of Champerico in addition to information kilometer after kilometer west-southwest involving the actual capital, that U.S. Geological Survey said.

Evacuations within Guatemala City filled up the particular streets with business staff getting in touch with associates as well as relatives on their cell phones, but individuals in the near future came back to help work.

"It was actually big; I were feeling rather nauseous," said admin Vanessa Castillo, 32, who had been evacuated coming from your girlfriend 10th flooring business within Guatemala City.

Building janitor Jorge Gamboa said: "I is at the bathroom. When I arrived the office ended up being clean as well as I thought, what exactly is happening? They did not actually claim goodbye."

The epicenter ended up being 26 miles down below the actual surface, matching towards USGS, which will to begin with noted your tremble because size 7.5.

The tremble has been in addition thought in El Salvador as well as more than 765 a long way away with Mexico City, wherever many people in addition fled locations along with homes. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said the particular quake was sensed strongly inside a great part of the hub of twenty million people.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center explained an incredibly little tsunami was authorized on Guatemala's coast, putting there was your possibility of localized damage with a 62 kilometer radius.

(With reporting by Nelson Renteria within San Salvador; Writing simply by Krista Hughes; Editing by simply Simon Gardner and Christopher Wilson)

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