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Landslides, damage to roads and homes reported in Guatemala after strong 6.8 quake rocks country in middle of the night

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Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2022. 10:28 am CST.

Photo Credit: Conred

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Landslides cutoff highways and buildings were damaged by a strong 6.8 earthquake that rocked Guatemala last at 1:12 am, according to Guatemala’s National Agency for the Reduction of Disasters (Conred).

The quake had its epicenter in the Pacific Ocean and the coast of the Department of Escuintla in the south of Guatemala and was followed by two replicas of 5.0 and 4.8 magnitude on the Richter scale.

The quake was felt in 18 departments of Guatemala’s 22 and caused damage in seven departments, according to Conred.

Conred reports that the quake caused landslides and the collapse and structural damage to buildings and homes in the towns and cities in Chimaltenango, Escuintla, Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Sacatepéquez, Sololá y Totonicapán.

In Sololá it also cut off electricity in several municipalities.

Conred said it was continuing its national monitoring to identify more damage.

Prensa Libre reported that several roads have been blocked by the landslides.

 

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