Earthquake in Guatemala 07-12-2012 M7.2
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Earthquake in Guatemala 07-12-2012 M7.2
M7.4 - 35km S of Champerico, Guatemala 2012-11-07 16:35:47 UTC

Event Time
2012-11-07 16:35:47 UTC
2012-11-07 10:35:47 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
2012-11-07 10:35:47 UTC-06:00 system time


13.987°N 91.965°W depth=24.1km (15.0mi)

Nearby Cities
35km (22mi) S of Champerico, Guatemala
67km (42mi) SSW of Retalhuleu, Guatemala
67km (42mi) SSE of Suchiate, Mexico
72km (45mi) WSW of Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate, Guatemala
172km (107mi) WSW of Guatemala City, Guatemala

The November 7, 2012 M 7.4 earthquake south of Champerico, Guatemala occurred as a result of thrust faulting on or near the subduction zone interface between the subducting Cocos plate and the overlying Caribbean and North America plates, near their triple junction. At the latitude of this earthquake, the Cocos plate moves north-northeast with respect to the Caribbean and North America plates at a velocity of approximately 70-80 mm/yr, and subducts beneath Central America at the Middle America Trench.

At least:
52 people killed
22 missing persons
1,000 injured
1.2 Million damaged persons
Affected locations: Quetzaltenango and San Marcos

Dear friends,

I'm from Quetzaltenango, I have crossed the affected locations.... and is very hard to see the dead persons, specially the children...

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My best regards...


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Best Regards...

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Condolences from deep of my heart to Guatemala people , hope see you in beautiful and peaceful days.
respect the science , with open mind and heart. read new documents and books to improve your knowledge. the only way to examine your opinion , is to test it in real world (like Earthquakes) , don't over simplified anything , anytime.
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My condolences to Guatemala people.

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Quote:SAN CRISTOBAL CUCHO, Guatemala — The 10 members of the Vasquez family were found together under the rubble of the rock quarry that had been their livelihood, some in a desperate final embrace, others clinging to the faintest of dying pulses.

As Guatemala tried to recover Thursday from a 7.4-magnitude quake, the country mourned a disaster that killed at least 52 people; left thousands of others without homes, electricity or water; and emotionally devastated one small town by wiping out almost an entire family seeing the first signs of success in a tireless effort to claw itself out of poverty.

Neighbors filed past 10 wooden caskets lined up in two rows in the Vasquez living room, remembering a family reduced to a single survivor, the eldest son about to graduate with an accounting degree.

Justo Vasquez, a man known for his ferocious work ethic and dedication to his seven children, was with nearly all his closest relations Wednesday at a local quarry hacking out a white rock that is pulverized to make cinder blocks for construction.

When the quake struck, thousands of pounds of earth calved off from the wall above the pit, burying the 44-year-old and almost everyone he loved: his wife, Ofelia Gomez, 43; their daughters Daisy, 14, Gisely, 8, and Merly, 6; and their sons Aldiner, 12, Delbis, 5, and Dibel, 3. Their nephews Ulises and Aldo Vasquez, both 12, also died.

Only the oldest son, Ivan, 19, survived. He had stayed in the house when the rest of his family went to the quarry, taking care of some last-minute details to receive his accounting degree – the first in his family to have a professional career. His father had been saving for a party to celebrate his Nov. 23 graduation.

"He died working," said Antonia Lopez, a sister-in-law of the father, Justo Vasquez. "He was fighting for his kids."

Dozens of villagers in the humble town of San Cristobal Cucho ran to dig the family after Guatemala's biggest quake in 36 years. When they uncovered some of the children, one body still warm, two with pulses, they were in the arms of their father, who had tried to shield them.

"We have never seen a tragedy like this. The whole town is sad," said brother Romulo Vasquez, whose 12-year old son, Ulises, also died at the quarry.
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Deep condolences to Guatemala's quake victims.

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This is in San Marcos...

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