- Posted November 7, 2012 by
Major 7.4 earthquake rocks coastal Guatemala and Mexico
Pacific Coast – Guatemala / Mexico – A major earthquake with a 7.4 magnitude, struck off the coast of Guatemala / Mexico.
14.083°N 91.916°W depth=41.6km (25.9mi)
1. 24km (15mi) S of Champerico, Guatemala
2. 55km (34mi) SSW of Retalhuleu, Guatemala
3. 60km (37mi) SSW of San Sebastian, Guatemala
4. 61km (38mi) SSW of Nuevo San Carlos, Guatemala
5. 163km (101mi) WSW of Guatemala City, Guatemala
Damage – Light to moderate / heavy damage is expected along the coast of Guatemala and southern Mexico. Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are mud wall and concrete/cinder block masonry construction.
Aftershocks - Expect strong aftershocks for up to 72 hours in the region.
Tsunami Watch / Warning: No tsunami Watches or Warnings have been issued for the Pacific basin to include Hawaii.
However - earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter.