Alert – Earthquakes and Aftershocks

Alert – Earthquakes and Aftershocks (February 16, 2022)

Location:   Guatemala, country wide

Event:  In the early hours of Wednesday, February 16, 2022, INSIVUMEH reported that an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck southwestern Guatemala with several follow-on aftershocks.

The U.S. Embassy has not received any reports of U.S. citizen casualties or severe injuries as a result of the earthquake.

CONRED confirms damage in the following locations:

Chimaltenango
Patzicía                          Landslide                       Entrance to the urban area
Patzún                            Landslide                       Slope of Villa Linda km 81

Escuintla
Sipacate                         Structural cracks             Urban area

Guatemala City
Amatitlán                       Structural collapse          Route to El Rincón
Mixco                            Structural cracks             San Cristóbal Mixco
Villa Canales                  Structural cracks             Cemetery Avenue (Avenida del
Cementerio)10-80 Zone 2

Quetzaltenango
Quetzaltenango              Landslide                       Route Cito 180 (Ruta Cito 180)
Zunil                              Landslide                       Km 212.5 route Cito Zarco

Sacatepéquez
Antigua                          Landslide                       Km 37.5S cracks
Structural cracks Urban area
Landslide San Bartolomé Becerra

Sololá
Nahualá                         Landslide                       Km 148 Route Interamericana
San Pedro La Laguna      Landslide                       Calzada los Principales
Sololá                             Landslide                       Los Encuentros

Totonicapán
Totonicapán                   Residential damage         Fourth street and Second
avenue Zone 4

Actions to Take:

CONRED (National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction) advises citizens to:

  • Follow instructions issued by local authorities
  • Review household evacuation plans
  • Ensure that a 72-hour emergency bag is ready for each household member.

The U.S. Embassy further recommends that U.S. citizens:

  • Avoid traveling while heavy rains occur as roads can quickly become extremely unsafe.
  • Navigation devices and applications that provide directions and traffic and route suggestions should be used with caution as certain detours or alternate routes from main roads and highways can lead to unsafe areas or roads affected by flooding or landslides.
  • Visit CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres) and INSIVUMEH (Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología) websites for updated weather and hazard information.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala
Website:  https://gt.usembassy.gov/
Phone: (502) 2326-4000
Email:  AmCitsGuatemala@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Guatemala Country Information and Travel Advisory Page

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