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Red Alert in Guatemala After 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake

Categories: Latin America, Guatemala, Breaking News, Citizen Media, Disaster, Humanitarian Response

Update (7 November 2012):

The latest reports [1] indicate that least 39 people [2] [es] have died due to the earthquake that hit Guatemala earlier today. Another 155 people have been reported injured.


Reports on the damages caused by the 7.4 magnitude earthquake [3] that hit off Champerico on the Pacific coast of Guatemala [4] on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, are coming in quickly through Twitter [5].

Netizens are sharing photos [6] and reports with the hashtags #TemblorGT [7], #TiemblaenGuate [8], #TerremotoGT [9], #FuerteSismoGT [10], #Champerico [11], and more.

The earthquake was also felt strongly in neighbouring Mexico and El Salvador.

User Griddliss Barfe (@GriddlissBarfe [12]) [es] tweeted the following photo from Mazatenango [13], Guatemala:

Mazatenango, Guatemala [14]

Mazatenango, Guatemala after earthquake. Image shared by Twitter user @GriddlissBarfe

Many users, like Nuestro Diario (@NuestroDiario [15]) [es] and Esner Navarro (@esnernavarro [16]) [es], are sharing photos of the damage in San Marcos, where at least eight people have died, according to the latest reports [2] [es] by Prensa Libre.

Police station in San Marcos [17]

Police station in San Marcos after the earthquake. Image shared by @NuestroDiario on Twitter.

San Marcos, Guatemala after earthquake [18]

San Marcos, Guatemala after earthquake. Image shared by Twitter user Esner Navarro (@esnernavarro) on Twitter.

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina (@ottoperezmolina [19]) [es] has been using Twitter to send updates on the situation. These are his latest tweets at the time of writing this post:

@ottoperezmolina [20]: Se declara alerta roja nacional, se suspenden actividades públicas y se recomienda evacuar edificios.

@ottoperezmolina [20]: We are declaring a national red alert. Public activities are suspended and we recommend evactuating buildings.

@ottoperezmolina [21]: Se trabaja para poder brindar ayuda a las personas afectadas. Estamos a la espera de datos oficiales.

@ottoperezmolina [21]: We are working to bring help to those who have been affected. We are waiting for official information.

The Red Cross in Guatemala (@CRGuatemalteca [22]) [es] is also sharing information on Twitter.