Guatemala: Strong quake rocks highlands

©2012 Karla Recinos Moscoso/World Vision

From World Vision magazine, by Chris Huber:

“At least 52 people have been reported dead and 24 are still missing after a magnitude-7.4 earthquake rocked Guatemala’s Pacific coast Nov. 7. Nearly 3,000 people were relocated to temporary shelters after the quake damaged or destroyed more than 2,200 houses and 10 schools.

Landslides buried or destroyed roads, keeping first responders from immediately accessing the hard-hit highland areas of San Marcos and Quetzaltenango. About 73,000 Guatemalans lost power.

San Marcos was the worst hit. The quake killed 40 people in the area and completely destroyed 30 buildings.

The World Vision regional office in Malacatan, San Marcos, provided blankets, foam mattresses, and drinking water to more than 1,000 people. Emergency food rations, hygiene kits, and more water and blankets were being distributed Friday.

The Guatemalan government is also providing relief supplies. Felt as far away as Mexico City and San Salvador, this was the strongest quake to hit Guatemala since the 1976 quake that killed 23,000 people.

World Vision works in five communities in the San Marcos area. There have been no reported injuries or significant damage in these projects. Overall, the organization works in 34 areas across the country.”

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