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Nov 7, 2012 - 7:55:43 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Guatemala 7.4 Quake - Dozens Killed

By Mitch Battros - Earth Changes Media
Nov 7, 2012 - 7:39:49 PM


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It has begun. I posted an article yesterday showing historical evidence of a solar eclipse window which begins 14 days prior to the event, and 14 after. In an upcoming article, I will describe what the possible reasons would be for a solar eclipse to set off earthquakes and volcanoes.

Read This: Total Solar Eclipse Nov. 13th - Will Earthquakes Follow?

Thirty-nine people have been killed and many more are missing after a 7.4-magnitude quake hit off the Guatemala's Pacific coast. The director of Guatemala's Seismological Institute, Eddy Sanchez, said it had been the biggest tremor in Guatemala since 1976, when 25,000 people died in 7.5-magnitude quake.

Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina, declared a national alert and advised people to evacuate tall buildings as a precaution. Officials said landslides had buried roads and it would take 24 hours to restore links to the quake-hit area.

Frightened people fled from offices and homes around the region, as buildings shook from Mexico City to San Salvador. Quake officials said the tremor hit at about 10:35 local time (16:35 GMT) about 23km (15 miles) from the Guatemalan town of Champerico.

President Perez Molina has given several news conferences, each time raising the number of casualties. He was touring the affected area and said 39 deaths had now been confirmed in what he called a tragedy - and 100 people were missing and 155 injured.

The national voluntary fire service gave details on its Twitter feed of the damage across the San Marcos region, describing how firefighters had pulled five bodies from the rubble, including that of an 11-year-old boy.

Fourteen houses have been destroyed in Quetzaltenango, a city that houses dozens of language schools popular with tourists. Shelters have been opened for those whose homes have been destroyed.

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