Disaster Alert: Earthquake in Guatemala

November 8, 2012

Dozens of people were killed and millions were affected by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that occurred yesterday morning off the coast of Guatemala. The Guatemalan Red Cross has declared a red alert following the country’s most powerful quake in more than three decades and has begun damage assessments in the affected areas of Guatemala City and San Marcos. In neighboring Mexico, where shaking was also felt, the government issued a precautionary tsunami warning.

 

The Red Cross network has deployed two delegates to the region to assist with assessments. The American Red Cross is in close communication with the Red Cross network’s headquarters of the Americas region and the Pan American Disaster Response Unit, which houses emergency relief supplies for distribution throughout the region.

 

Photo caption: A map of the earthquake’s shaking intensity. Photo from USGS.


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