A CEF Update on the Recent Guatemala Earthquake
by Rey Buenaventura, CEF Social Media Manager Three weeks ago, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake shook Guatemala's Pacific coastline, killing dozens and leaving thousands homeless. This was the biggest tremor to hit the country since 1976, when 25,000 people died in a 7.5-magnitude quake. Since then the region has been hit with several more aftershocks, which have caused much panic and further destruction. President Otto Perez Molina, later declared three days of mourning after touring the worst hit regions.
The terrible news of the past week-and-a-half has deeply worried many of us in the CEF Community. We have many friends throughout the country, especially in Comitancillo, Guatemala where several CEF-sponsored projects are being run with our local partners. We were able to get in touch with a few of our friends in the region and we're thankful to report that Comitancillo was not as hard hit and there have been no known deaths. However, as the emails from our friends below note, many houses have been destroyed and many people are still nervously dealing with frequent aftershocks since: