LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Guatemala earthquake today has killed at least thirty nine. The terremoto en Guatemala hoy, however, has left nearly one hundred residents unaccounted for, fifteen buried, and dozens more injured. The temblor en Guatemala additionally may have resulted in injuries in El Salvador and Mexico, officials tell news.
When news of the Guatemala earthquake today erupted on early this morning November 7, 2012, some individuals wrongly commented that the quake did not strike Mexico. Officials confirm that not to be the case. Residents from El Salvador to Mexico experienced the temblor today with reported damage spread across both countries.
The Guatemala quake, however, is still producing strong aftershocks tonight. USGS tells news that, since the 7.4 magnitude quake erupted, three other significant quakes have struck the same epicenter. Officials reports to news that all three major aftershocks have been in excess of 5.0 magnitudes.
The latest quake struck shortly after 3:42 PM PST. The quake was centered thirty-three miles southwest of Champerico, Guatemala. The quake was also forty-three miles south of Suchiate, Mexico. The epicenter continues to be centered out to sea.
Officials confirm damage in Guatemala City, in Mexico City, and other major cities. President Otto Perez Molina in a news statement today told El Nuevo Siglo “It’s a tragedy, it’s really lamentable.” He added “We must regret the deaths of 39 people”.
He said that both residential and commercial structural damage was noted across Guatemala. “The preliminary details that we can mention is that we have 100 people who have disappeared, and the other detail that is preliminary is that we have about 15 people who are buried, with the necessary rescues being performed.”