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12 October 03 2015 02:50 AM Landslide Guatemala Municipio de Santa Catarina Pinula, El Cambray Dos Damage level Details

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Updated: Wednesday, 14 October, 2015 at 03:26 UTC

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Guatemalan authorities on Tuesday called off the search for victims buried under a massive landslide that killed at least 280 people near the Central American nation’s capital. The National Disaster Reduction Commission decided it was time to end the search and rescue operation, while work to stabilize and recover the disaster zone will continue, agency chief Alejandro Maldonado said. He said 70 people are listed as missing. The number has fluctuated in the nearly two weeks since the disaster as bodies were found and missing people were accounted for. Some 50 unidentified human remains will be subjected to DNA testing. “The people are aware that the necessary time has been given to searching for cadavers,” said Williams Mancilla, minister of national defense and a member of the disaster commission’s board. “Now they have passed that phase and what interests them is the next one.” The Oct. 1 slide unleashed at least 105 million cubic feet (3 million cubic meters) of earth on a neighborhood in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City. Maldonado, who is the son of Guatemala’s president, also named Alejandro Maldonado, said it will be up to the local government to decide if the disaster area is declared a gravesite. Authorities promised financial aid for victims of the slide and are proposing to build 150 new homes for survivors on a 10-block parcel of land near Guatemala City that was seized from a convicted drug trafficker and gang leader.

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Bulldozers move land for a fourth day to search for victims of a fatal mudslide, amid new, smaller slides in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Moises

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Death toll in Guatemalan mudslide reaches 253, as 374 still remain missing

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    Rescuers leave after a day of searching for victims of a mudslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The death toll of the massive landslide has risen over 250 as the search for victims entered its second week. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

The death toll from the mammoth landslide that buried a neighborhood on the outskirts of Guatemala’s capital has risen to 253 as the search for victims enters its second week. Nearly 400 people were still missing Friday.

 

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October 03 2015 02:50 AM Landslide Guatemala Municipio de Santa Catarina Pinula, El Cambray Dos Damage level Details

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Landslide in Guatemala on Saturday, 03 October, 2015 at 02:50 (02:50 AM) UTC.

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Rescue workers in Guatemala are digging through rubble from a mudslide that hit a village not far from the capital, in search of hundreds missing. At least 26 bodies have so far been recovered from the village of El Cambray Dos, rescue services say. Heavy rains swept a torrent of boulders and mud onto houses on Thursday, 15km (nine miles) east of Guatemala City. Relatives have been receiving calls and texts from people trapped under the rubble, reporters at the scene say. The injured and homeless are being taken to makeshift shelters. Julio Sanchez, a spokesman for Guatemala’s volunteer firefighters, said 26 people had died and another 36 people were taken to hospitals.

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Sunday, 04 October, 2015 at 09:50 UTC

At least 30 people were dead and several hundred missing a day after a landslide smashed through a village on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, officials said. More than 500 rescue workers, police and soldiers, as well as desperate residents, clawed away at the debris with picks and shovels searching for survivors all day and into the late evening, before suspending the painstaking hunt for the night. Families reported receiving text messages from people they believed to still be trapped, more than 24 hours after the landslide struck the village of El Cambray II, in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula. Authorities said that about 600 people are missing and they expect the death toll to rise. Their estimate is based on the 125 homes that Thursday’s landslide destroyed or damaged after heavy rain. The affected area is about 15 kilometers (10 miles) east of the capital Guatemala City. “We have 29 dead people identified and one still unidentified,” Sergio Cabanas, incident commander for the government’s disaster reduction office CONRAD, told AFP. The victims include at least three children. Thirty-four people were pulled out alive from the mud and rubble, while 25 others were injured, CONRAD officials said. The impact of the heavy rain was exacerbated by a nearby river, officials said. Municipal authorities had urged the community several times to relocate, most recently in November last year. Amid the debris Josue Coloma, a 40-year-old mechanic, anxiously looked on as a rescue crew dug through the mud searching for any sign of his two nephews, ages 11 and 14. “My nephews should be in the place where I’m standing,” Coloma told AFP. “I have trust in God that they are well.” Two other relatives who were with the kids at the time of the landslide were pulled out alive, Coloma said, while their parents survived because they were out of the house at a religious service. “The rescue job is very difficult because of the terrain — it’s practically as if it were a mountain,” said Cecilio Chacaj, a rescuer with a local firefighter unit. Soon after Chacaj spoke to AFP he pulled out a survivor from the debris. President Alejandro Maldonado said that several countries, including the United States and Cuba, had offered to help. “We are a beautiful country but unfortunately we are vulnerable to this type of catastrophes,” Maldonado told reporters. The hunt for survivors was expected to resume at sun rise. Eight people had already died in previous weather-related events tied to Guatemala’s rainy season, which lasts from May to November, according to government data. Last year’s rainy season was linked to 29 deaths and damage to more than 9,000 homes.

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Sunday, 04 October, 2015 at 03:08 UTC

A Guatemalan emergency official says the number of people killed when a hillside collapsed Friday on more than 100 homes has risen to 56. Julio Sanchez, a spokesperson for Guatemala’s volunteer firefighters, says officials estimate that 350 people remain missing. The previous death toll was 30 and estimates of the number of missing had been as high as 600. Rescue specialists from the Red Cross and fire and police departments were using dogs to search for possible survivors in the mudslide zone on the outskirts of Guatemala City, where tons of earth fell over some 125 homes, authorities from the region estimate.

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Sunday, 04 October, 2015 at 16:07 UTC

Hopes faded of finding any remaining survivors of a massive landslide in Guatemala that killed at least 86 people, even as families scrabbled through rubble to find the bodies of loved-ones, with hundreds of others still missing. Distraught relatives of the victims shoveled alongside diggers through the mounds of earth that destroyed homes in Santa Catarina Pinula on the southeastern flank of Guatemala City after Thursday night’s collapse of a hillside. Every batch of earth turned up by the diggers held more personal belongings, from mattresses and books to toys and Christmas decorations, reminders of around 350 people who authorities said were still unaccounted for. Clutching photos of loved-ones, family members stood in line outside a makeshift morgue near the excavation site, some of them crying, to see if they recognized any corpses. “This is the worst thing that has happened to us,” said Ana Maria Escobar, a 48-year-old housewife, sobbing as she waited for news of 21 missing family members who lived in the town she had left a year ago. “So far only my sister-in-law has been found,” she added. One digger unearthed the body of a little girl with scratch marks on her arms and legs, which rescue workers said may have been signs of her struggles to escape. People looking on cried out to prevent the digger from destroying her body. Gaby Ramirez, an 18-year-old courier, had been searching for her brother with shovel in hand since 6 a.m., after the landslide buried a neighbor’s house he was visiting. “I don’t hope to find him alive, but I do hope to find his body and bury him,” she said. “I have to bury him, I can’t leave him there.” Loosened by rain, tons of earth, rock and trees had cascaded onto a neighborhood of the town known as El Cambray II near the bottom of a ravine, flattening houses and trapping residents who had gone home for the night. Some houses were buried under about 50 feet (15 meters) of earth, and Guatemalan disaster agency Conred said it doubted any other survivors would be found. “Hope is the last think you lose, so we hope to find someone alive,” said Guatemala’s defense minister Williams Mansilla, though he also acknowledged the likelihood was very low. At last count, the Attorney General’s office reported 86 dead via Twitter, though fears that hundreds more remain trapped threaten to make the landslide one of the worst natural disasters to hit Central America in recent years. Among the dead were 17 children, and at least 26 people were injured. On Friday, there were reports of family members receiving text messages of buried survivors asking to be rescued. Authorities said they did not rescue a single survivor on Saturday despite a team of around 1,800 volunteers, soldiers and firemen. But some 400 survivors had been evacuated in total from the site since the tragedy, they added. The search was scheduled to end around 7.30 p.m. local time, and in keeping with international protocol, it would be relaunched for at least one more day on Sunday. Due to the unstable terrain and wet weather, volunteers would no longer be allowed to assist on Sunday. The tragedy has hit Guatemala after weeks of political turmoil, just as it prepares to elect a new president. Last month, outgoing President Otto Perez was forced to stand down and was arrested on corruption charges. In October 2005, heavy rainfall triggered a devastating landslide in Panabaj in the southwest of the Central American country, burying the village. Hundreds of people are believed to have died, and many of the bodies were never recovered.

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Updated: Monday, 05 October, 2015 at 02:55 UTC
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At least 131 people were killed in mudslides that smashed into a village outside Guatemala City, officials said, three days after the disaster struck the Central American nation. “Unfortunately, a new count shows that there are 131 confirmed dead and recovered,” and still about 300 people missing and unaccounted for, said volunteer fire brigade spokesman Julio Sanchez. He told reporters yesterday that several young children, including newborn babies, were among the dead in Santa Catarina Pinula. On Thursday night, following heavy rain, waterlogged earth and debris tore through the village of El Cambray II, in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, destroying or damaging 125 homes. Relatives of the missing checked in at a makeshift morgue set up next to the buried homes. Municipal authorities had urged the community, about 15 kilometres east of the capital Guatemala City, to relocate several times, most recently in November of last year. But many families have refused, saying that they have nowhere to go. “We can’t live here any more,” Carlos Hernandez, an electrician who survived the landslide, lamented as he stepped between rescuers with his few remaining belongings on his shoulder. Late yesterday, rescue workers had to suspend their work when rain resumed, making things too dangerous to continue before Monday. The bad news came as, with every passing hour, hopes for finding survivors fade a bit further.

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Updated: Tuesday, 06 October, 2015 at 17:14 UTC
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The death toll from a mudslide on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital has climbed to 152, as rescue workers recover more bodies from a hillside. The development came late Monday, with chief of emergency services Alejandro Maldonado saying that at least 300 people were still unaccounted for. The landslide, which was triggered by torrential rains, happened in the Cambray neighborhood in Guatemala City’s suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula on October 1. Search crews have found entire families who died huddled together and buried alive. “We found almost all of them huddled together, which means that they were going to try and evacuate but sadly they didn’t have time,” Sergio Cabanas, an official at Guatemala’s National Disaster Reduction Commission, known as the Conred, said. “Some died from the impact, some from asphyxiation and some… from heart attacks,” he added. The Conred has now declared the area uninhabitable.

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Updated: Wednesday, 07 October, 2015 at 03:21 UTC
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The death toll from a landslide caused by heavy rain in Guatemala’s Santa Catarina Pinula municipality reached 175, the country’s public prosecutor’s office said Tuesday. The earlier reports had put the number of victims at 161. More than 300 people remain missing. “Prosecutors [on site] report that 175 bodies have been recovered as of now,” the office said on Twitter. The landslide occurred late on Thursday in a suburb located about 9 miles east of the country’s capital Guatemala City, burying some 125 homes. Nearly 1,800 people are involved in the ongoing search and rescue operations, including Red Cross workers, police officers and rescue teams.

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Updated: Wednesday, 07 October, 2015 at 18:36 UTC
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Guatemala raised today the death toll to 186, confirmed by a recent landslide that buried a community near the capital and where there are still nearly 300 missing. The Public Prosecutor updated the data after the morgue received more bodies recovered in the last hours by rescue teams of the country and Mexican brigades. According to the State Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, crews continue to search for the missing with the support of canine units, but with no hope of finding any survivors. A huge landslide buried last Thursday El Cambray II locality, located at 15 kilometers from the Guatemalan capital and where the ground was saturated by the rains of the previous days. That community was included among high-risk areas by poor urban planning and the high concentration of poverty. The government described the tragedy as the worst and strongest of 2015, as it left under mud125 homes and 172 homeless. Moreover, declared uninhabitable the area where the landslide occurred, restricted press access and instructed rescuers to wear masks at all times because of the strong odors emitted by decomposing bodies. On this day national mourning decreed concludes Monday in tribute to the victims.

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Updated: Thursday, 08 October, 2015 at 11:52 UTC
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Rescue workers pulled 20 more bodies from a landslide outside the Guatemalan capital, bringing the number of confirmed dead to 191, officials have said. “The latest toll of victims is 191,” said Julio Sanchez yesterday, a spokesman for the firefighters and other rescue personnel working at the site on the outskirts of Guatemala City. Authorities said about 150 people still have not been accounted for, as they searched for more bodies at the disaster site in the village of Cambray II. A growing stench from decomposing bodies has filled the air at the scene of the tragedy, requiring workers to don face masks as the carry on with their grim recovery efforts. The village — in a section of the town of Santa Catarina Pinula, some 15 kilometers east of the capital — was buried late Thursday by a mountain of mud and debris following heavy rains. Rescuers said it would be nothing short of a miracle if anyone were found alive at this point, as they continue their search for more bodies, aided by specially-trained dogs. Officials said they also have opened an investigation to determine who or what might have been responsible for the disaster.

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Updated: Friday, 09 October, 2015 at 02:53 UTC
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At least 220 bodies have been recovered after a massive landslide buried part of a town in Guatemala last week while about 350 people are missing, national disaster agency Conred said on Thursday. Loosened by heavy rains, a hillside collapsed onto Santa Catarina Pinula on the southeastern flank of Guatemala City on Oct. 1, burying more than a hundred homes under tons of earth, rock and trees, and sparking a huge rescue effort. Conred said 386 people were evacuated after the tragedy, one of the worst in years to strike Central America, a region long been prone to devastating floods. Entire families were buried alive and hundreds of rescue workers have spent the past week trying to dig out bodies. Guatemalan authorities initially said up to 600 people were accounted for in the disaster. Since then, it has given various estimates on the number missing. Prosecutors in Guatemala said they are looking at whether there was any criminal misconduct at the site after Conred had warned of the risks of building homes in the neighbourhood, which lies at the bottom of a deep ravine.

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Updated: Saturday, 10 October, 2015 at 03:01 UTC
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The death toll from the mammoth landslide that buried a neighborhood on the outskirts of Guatemala’s capital has risen to 253 as the search for victims enters its second week. Nearly 400 people were still missing Friday. Deputy hospitals minister Israel Lemus said officials still had not decided to suspend the search in Santa Catarina Pinula, but planned to meet to discuss it on Monday. Alejandro Maldonado, executive director of the National Disaster Reduction Commission, said the current count of missing people stood at 374. He said 184 homes were affected. Maldonado said the decision to stop or continue looking for bodies would be based on the risk to search crews.

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Updated: Saturday, 10 October, 2015 at 03:01 UTC
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The death toll from the mammoth landslide that buried a neighborhood on the outskirts of Guatemala’s capital has risen to 253 as the search for victims enters its second week. Nearly 400 people were still missing Friday. Deputy hospitals minister Israel Lemus said officials still had not decided to suspend the search in Santa Catarina Pinula, but planned to meet to discuss it on Monday. Alejandro Maldonado, executive director of the National Disaster Reduction Commission, said the current count of missing people stood at 374. He said 184 homes were affected. Maldonado said the decision to stop or continue looking for bodies would be based on the risk to search crews.

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The number of people killed by the deadly landslide that hit a Guatemalan city has risen to 131, authorities said, with potentially 300 more people still missing three days after the disaster.

An estimated 125 homes were buried in El Cambray, a village on the outskirts of the capital, Guatemala City, when a 300ft hillside collapsed and covered an area of four acres with mud and dirt around 14 metres deep.

Rescue workers continued to pull corpses from the mud on Sunday as families began to bury their dead in the overcrowded local cemetery.

A funeral procession for the son and grandaughter of 59-year-old carpenter and painter Ismael Estrada saw 200 people walking through the streets to the cemetary. Estrada returned to the improvised morgue immediately after the service to search for his 19 family members that are still missing.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Volcanic Activity

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30.05.2013 Volcano Eruption Guatemala Escuintla Department, [Pacaya Volcano] Damage level
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Volcano Eruption in Guatemala on Thursday, 30 May, 2013 at 19:39 (07:39 PM) UTC.

Description
Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano has erupted, sending volcanic material more than 400 metres in the air, authorities say. The Institute of Vulcanology warned that the eruption could intensify with ash rising as high as 1000 to 2000 metres, posing a threat to air traffic at Guatemala’s international airport. “Ash could spread over Guatemala City due to the direction of the wind,” the country’s disaster response office said in a statement. The last major eruption of Pacaya, in May 2010, claimed the life of a television journalist, drove thousands of people from their homes and forced the closure of the Guatemala City airport for five days. The 2552 metre-high Pacaya is 50 kilometres south of the capital and one of three active volcanoes in Guatemala.

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Earth Watch Report –  Earthquakes

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M5.1 – 13km SSW of Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala 2013-05-10 20:49:29 UTC

Earthquake location 14.099°N, 91.362°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-10 20:49:29 UTC
  2. 2013-05-10 14:49:29 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-10 15:49:29 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

14.099°N 91.362°W depth=89.3km (55.5mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 13km (8mi) SSW of Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala
  2. 20km (12mi) S of Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate, Guatemala
  3. 33km (21mi) W of La Gomera, Guatemala
  4. 39km (24mi) SSW of Santa Barbara, Guatemala
  5. 109km (68mi) WSW of Guatemala City, Guatemala

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M4.3 – 52km SSW of La Gomera, Guatemala 2013-05-12 02:07:03 UTC

Earthquake location 13.676°N, 91.303°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-12 02:07:03 UTC
  2. 2013-05-11 20:07:03 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-11 21:07:03 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

13.676°N 91.303°W depth=64.6km (40.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 52km (32mi) SSW of La Gomera, Guatemala
  2. 57km (35mi) S of Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala
  3. 58km (36mi) WSW of Puerto San Jose, Guatemala
  4. 67km (42mi) S of Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate, Guatemala
  5. 136km (85mi) SW of Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the Caribbean Region and Vicinity

Extensive diversity and complexity of tectonic regimes characterizes the perimeter of the Caribbean plate, involving no fewer than four major plates (North America, South America, Nazca, and Cocos). Inclined zones of deep earthquakes (Wadati-Benioff zones), ocean trenches, and arcs of volcanoes clearly indicate subduction of oceanic lithosphere along the Central American and Atlantic Ocean margins of the Caribbean plate, while crustal seismicity in Guatemala, northern Venezuela, and the Cayman Ridge and Cayman Trench indicate transform fault and pull-apart basin tectonics.

Along the northern margin of the Caribbean plate, the North America plate moves westwards with respect to the Caribbean plate at a velocity of approximately 20 mm/yr. Motion is accommodated along several major transform faults that extend eastward from Isla de Roatan to Haiti, including the Swan Island Fault and the Oriente Fault. These faults represent the southern and northern boundaries of the Cayman Trench. Further east, from the Dominican Republic to the Island of Barbuda, relative motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate becomes increasingly complex and is partially accommodated by nearly arc-parallel subduction of the North America plate beneath the Caribbean plate. This results in the formation of the deep Puerto Rico Trench and a zone of intermediate focus earthquakes (70-300 km depth) within the subducted slab. Although the Puerto Rico subduction zone is thought to be capable of generating a megathrust earthquake, there have been no such events in the past century. The last probable interplate (thrust fault) event here occurred on May 2, 1787 and was widely felt throughout the island with documented destruction across the entire northern coast, including Arecibo and San Juan. Since 1900, the two largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the August 4, 1946 M8.0 Samana earthquake in northeastern Hispaniola and the July 29, 1943 M7.6 Mona Passage earthquake, both of which were shallow thrust fault earthquakes. A significant portion of the motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate in this region is accommodated by a series of left-lateral strike-slip faults that bisect the island of Hispaniola, notably the Septentrional Fault in the north and the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault in the south. Activity adjacent to the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault system is best documented by the devastating January 12, 2010 M7.0 Haiti strike-slip earthquake, its associated aftershocks and a comparable earthquake in 1770.

Moving east and south, the plate boundary curves around Puerto Rico and the northern Lesser Antilles where the plate motion vector of the Caribbean plate relative to the North and South America plates is less oblique, resulting in active island-arc tectonics. Here, the North and South America plates subduct towards the west beneath the Caribbean plate along the Lesser Antilles Trench at rates of approximately 20 mm/yr. As a result of this subduction, there exists both intermediate focus earthquakes within the subducted plates and a chain of active volcanoes along the island arc. Although the Lesser Antilles is considered one of the most seismically active regions in the Caribbean, few of these events have been greater than M7.0 over the past century. The island of Guadeloupe was the site of one of the largest megathrust earthquakes to occur in this region on February 8, 1843, with a suggested magnitude greater than 8.0. The largest recent intermediate-depth earthquake to occur along the Lesser Antilles arc was the November 29, 2007 M7.4 Martinique earthquake northwest of Fort-De-France.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

 
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M4.2 – 10km WSW of Mazatan, Mexico 2013-05-10 10:03:24 UTC

Earthquake location 14.819°N, 92.530°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-10 10:03:24 UTC
  2. 2013-05-10 04:03:24 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-10 05:03:24 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

14.819°N 92.530°W depth=74.7km (46.4mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 10km (6mi) WSW of Mazatan, Mexico
  2. 28km (17mi) WSW of Tapachula, Mexico
  3. 37km (23mi) S of Huixtla, Mexico
  4. 43km (27mi) WSW of Cacahoatan, Mexico
  5. 218km (135mi) W of Guatemala City, Guatemala

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M4.0 – 16km WNW of Alvaro Obregon, Mexico 2013-05-10 10:08:57 UTC

Earthquake location 15.009°N, 92.549°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-10 10:08:57 UTC
  2. 2013-05-10 04:08:57 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-10 05:08:57 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

15.009°N 92.549°W depth=88.5km (55.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 16km (10mi) WNW of Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
  2. 17km (11mi) SSW of Huixtla, Mexico
  3. 31km (19mi) WNW of Tapachula, Mexico
  4. 41km (25mi) W of Cacahoatan, Mexico
  5. 222km (138mi) W of Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Mexico  –  2 Earthquakes   4.1 &; 4.5 Magnitude  May 9th,  2013

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

6.2 6km NNW of San Jose Pinula, Guatemala 2013-03-25 23:02:14 14.599°N 90.428°W 200.5

M6.2 – 6km NNW of San Jose Pinula, Guatemala 2013-03-25 23:02:14 UTC

Earthquake location 14.599°N, 90.428°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-03-25 23:02:14 UTC
  2. 2013-03-25 17:02:14 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-03-25 18:02:14 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

14.599°N 90.428°W depth=200.5km (124.6mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 6km (4mi) NNW of San Jose Pinula, Guatemala
  2. 8km (5mi) ENE of Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala
  3. 10km (6mi) ESE of Guatemala City, Guatemala
  4. 10km (6mi) SW of Palencia, Guatemala
  5. 14km (9mi) SSE of Chinautla, Guatemala

 

Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the Caribbean Region and Vicinity

Extensive diversity and complexity of tectonic regimes characterizes the perimeter of the Caribbean plate, involving no fewer than four major plates (North America, South America, Nazca, and Cocos). Inclined zones of deep earthquakes (Wadati-Benioff zones), ocean trenches, and arcs of volcanoes clearly indicate subduction of oceanic lithosphere along the Central American and Atlantic Ocean margins of the Caribbean plate, while crustal seismicity in Guatemala, northern Venezuela, and the Cayman Ridge and Cayman Trench indicate transform fault and pull-apart basin tectonics.

Along the northern margin of the Caribbean plate, the North America plate moves westwards with respect to the Caribbean plate at a velocity of approximately 20 mm/yr. Motion is accommodated along several major transform faults that extend eastward from Isla de Roatan to Haiti, including the Swan Island Fault and the Oriente Fault. These faults represent the southern and northern boundaries of the Cayman Trench. Further east, from the Dominican Republic to the Island of Barbuda, relative motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate becomes increasingly complex and is partially accommodated by nearly arc-parallel subduction of the North America plate beneath the Caribbean plate. This results in the formation of the deep Puerto Rico Trench and a zone of intermediate focus earthquakes (70-300 km depth) within the subducted slab. Although the Puerto Rico subduction zone is thought to be capable of generating a megathrust earthquake, there have been no such events in the past century. The last probable interplate (thrust fault) event here occurred on May 2, 1787 and was widely felt throughout the island with documented destruction across the entire northern coast, including Arecibo and San Juan. Since 1900, the two largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the August 4, 1946 M8.0 Samana earthquake in northeastern Hispaniola and the July 29, 1943 M7.6 Mona Passage earthquake, both of which were shallow thrust fault earthquakes. A significant portion of the motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate in this region is accommodated by a series of left-lateral strike-slip faults that bisect the island of Hispaniola, notably the Septentrional Fault in the north and the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault in the south. Activity adjacent to the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault system is best documented by the devastating January 12, 2010 M7.0 Haiti strike-slip earthquake, its associated aftershocks and a comparable earthquake in 1770.

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Guatemala Earthquake 6.2 Magnitude Strikes it’s Pacific Coastline

Added by gricelda7 on March 25, 2013.
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6.2 Earthquake strikes Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala’s Pacific coastline on Monday at 4.02 .p.m. PT

The USGS said Monday that the 6.2 earthquake, which struck Guatemala was located 3 miles (6 kilometers) northwest of San Jose Pinula and had a depth of 200 kilometers (124 miles).

Guatemalan authorities had no immediate reports of damage.

In November 2012, another large earthquake occurred. Seismologists commented at the time that there were strong aftershocks from the 7.5-magnitude earthquake. It killed 52 people in western Guatemala and was felt as far as 6.2 Earthquake strikes GuatemalaMexico City.

Earthquakes of magnitude 6.0 and over have the potential of causing severe damage.

The epicenter of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake, initially reported as a magnitude 5.8, was only 6 miles southeast of Guatemala City but it was at a depth of 124.6 miles, lessening its effect.

David de Leon, a spokesman for Guatemala’s emergency agency, CONRED, said he had no reports of damage or victims.

Last November, more than 50 people were killed in a 7.5 magnitude quake in Guatemala in San Marcos state, a mountainous region near the Mexican border.

Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

Globe with Earthquake Location                             Español: Ubicación del estado de Chiapas en la...

 

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.2 Mwb
Date-Time
  • 11 Nov 2012 22:15:01 UTC
  • 11 Nov 2012 16:15:01 near epicenter
  • 11 Nov 2012 16:15:01 standard time in your timezone
Location 14.206N 92.125W
Depth 29 km
Distances
  • 40 km (25 miles) SSE (165 degrees) of Suchiate, Chiapas, Mexico
  • 60 km (37 miles) SW (232 degrees) of Retalhuleu, Retalhuleu, Guatemala
  • 75 km (47 miles) WSW (242 degrees) of Mazatenango, Suchitepéquez, Guatemala
  • 79 km (49 miles) SSE (168 degrees) of Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
  • 180 km (112 miles) WSW (255 degrees) of GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 11.5 km; Vertical 6.6 km
Parameters Nph = 535; Dmin = 229.4 km; Rmss = 1.04 seconds; Gp = 82°
M-type = Mwb; Version = 9
Event ID us c000dr09

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Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the Caribbean Region and Vicinity

Extensive diversity and complexity of tectonic regimes characterizes the perimeter of the Caribbean plate, involving no fewer than four major plates (North America, South America, Nazca, and Cocos). Inclined zones of deep earthquakes (Wadati-Benioff zones), ocean trenches, and arcs of volcanoes clearly indicate subduction of oceanic lithosphere along the Central American and Atlantic Ocean margins of the Caribbean plate, while crustal seismicity in Guatemala, northern Venezuela, and the Cayman Ridge and Cayman Trench indicate transform fault and pull-apart basin tectonics.

Along the northern margin of the Caribbean plate, the North America plate moves westwards with respect to the Caribbean plate at a velocity of approximately 20 mm/yr. Motion is accommodated along several major transform faults that extend eastward from Isla de Roatan to Haiti, including the Swan Island Fault and the Oriente Fault. These faults represent the southern and northern boundaries of the Cayman Trench. Further east, from the Dominican Republic to the Island of Barbuda, relative motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate becomes increasingly complex and is partially accommodated by nearly arc-parallel subduction of the North America plate beneath the Caribbean plate. This results in the formation of the deep Puerto Rico Trench and a zone of intermediate focus earthquakes (70-300 km depth) within the subducted slab. Although the Puerto Rico subduction zone is thought to be capable of generating a megathrust earthquake, there have been no such events in the past century. The last probable interplate (thrust fault) event here occurred on May 2, 1787 and was widely felt throughout the island with documented destruction across the entire northern coast, including Arecibo and San Juan. Since 1900, the two largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the August 4, 1946 M8.0 Samana earthquake in northeastern Hispaniola and the July 29, 1943 M7.6 Mona Passage earthquake, both of which were shallow thrust fault earthquakes. A significant portion of the motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate in this region is accommodated by a series of left-lateral strike-slip faults that bisect the island of Hispaniola, notably the Septentrional Fault in the north and the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault in the south. Activity adjacent to the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault system is best documented by the devastating January 12, 2010 M7.0 Haiti strike-slip earthquake, its associated aftershocks and a comparable earthquake in 1770.

6.2 earthquake strikes off Guatemala’s coast

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala’s Pacific coastline on Sunday, four days after a major quake killed dozens in the Central American country.

People fled buildings and homes in panic in various cities along Guatemala’s Pacific coastline near its border with Mexico on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or major damages.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 180 kilometers (112 miles) west-southwest of Guatemala City, off the country’s coast, and had a depth of 29 kilometers (18 miles).

Seismologists say it was the strongest aftershock yet from a 7.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 52 people in western Guatemala on Wednesday.

That quake, the country’s strongest in 36 years, left thousands of people without homes, electricity or water; and emotionally devastated one small town by wiping out almost an entire family.

It was centered about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Guatemala City and was felt as far as Mexico City. It affected as many as 1.2 million Guatemalans and was followed by 70 aftershocks in the first 24 hours.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina had deployed more than 2,000 soldiers to the region to help with the disaster. The U.S. State Department said it was sending some $50,000 in immediate disaster relief, including clean water, fuel and blankets.

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 Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
330233 (2006 KV86) 11th November 2012 0 day(s) 0.1876 73.0 450 m – 1.0 km 23.35 km/s 84060 km/h
(2008 LH2) 12th November 2012 1 day(s) 0.1487 57.9 35 m – 78 m 5.10 km/s 18360 km/h
(2001 YM2) 12th November 2012 1 day(s) 0.0860 33.5 440 m – 980 m 9.26 km/s 33336 km/h
(2012 KF25) 15th November 2012 4 day(s) 0.1528 59.5 23 m – 51 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(1999 SF10) 19th November 2012 8 day(s) 0.0346 13.5 41 m – 92 m 4.08 km/s 14688 km/h
(2009 WB105) 24th November 2012 13 day(s) 0.0400 15.6 59 m – 130 m 18.86 km/s 67896 km/h
(2007 VB188) 25th November 2012 14 day(s) 0.1446 56.3 14 m – 32 m 10.32 km/s 37152 km/h
(1994 XD) 27th November 2012 16 day(s) 0.0518 20.2 400 m – 890 m 20.03 km/s 72108 km/h
(2009 LS) 28th November 2012 17 day(s) 0.1418 55.2 670 m – 1.5 km 25.88 km/s 93168 km/h
(2010 VW98) 29th November 2012 18 day(s) 0.1321 51.4 81 m – 180 m 7.03 km/s 25308 km/h
(2009 XH8) 30th November 2012 19 day(s) 0.1288 50.1 61 m – 140 m 6.70 km/s 24120 km/h
(2008 WJ60) 08th December 2012 27 day(s) 0.1631 63.5 160 m – 350 m 9.11 km/s 32796 km/h
(2007 WM3) 08th December 2012 27 day(s) 0.1561 60.8 64 m – 140 m 9.47 km/s 34092 km/h
(2008 YZ28) 09th December 2012 28 day(s) 0.1637 63.7 270 m – 590 m 21.11 km/s 75996 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

At least 52 dead in 7.4 Guatemala quake

At least 52 people have been killed and hundreds remain missing after a powerful earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala, where a tsunami warning has now been issued.

About 125,000 people were without power as a result of the quake.

The 7.4-magnitude earthquake centered about 160km southwest of Guatemala City. It is the strongest to hit the country since a deadly 1976 quake that killed 23,000.

The death toll is feared to rise as survivors report widespread landslides and people trapped under the rubble.

The quake was so powerful that it made crossways from Guatemala City to neighboring Mexico City. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a possibility of a local tsunami, within 320km of the epicenter.

Local radio reports widespread power outages and cuts in telephone service.

The mountain village of San Marcos, 130km from the epicenter, has suffered extensive damage with some 30 homes destroyed. More than 2,000 soldiers have been sent to help with the relief effort.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has asked people not to travel on motorways, as several highways in the west of the country have been cut off by landslides.

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Locals stare at damages in a house in San Marcos, 240 km of Guatemala City, after the city was hit by an earthquake.

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