Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Guatemala extends state of emergency due to earthquake damage

December 3, 2012

GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina on Monday extended by 30 days a state of emergency declared in the western region of the country following a devastating magnitude-7.4 earthquake on Nov. 7 that left 44 dead. By extending the emergency declaration, the president hopes to quicken reconstruction efforts.

“The secretary general of the presidency issued a document [extending the state of emergency] before the previous declaration expires so that Congress can ratify it,” Pérez Molina said in a press conference on Monday.

The day of the earthquake, the government declared a 30-day state of emergency in the departments of Retalhuleu, Quetzaltenango, Sololá, Quiché, Totonicapán, San Marcos and Huehuetenango in order to prioritize relief and reconstruction efforts.

Two days later, officials added Suchitepéquez, southwest of the capital, to the list, bringing the total number of affected departments to eight.

According to a report by the Economic Commission for Latin America, Guatemala needs $207 million to rebuild damaged areas.

The earthquake’s epicenter was located below the Pacific Ocean, 24 kilometers from the coast, according to U.S. seismologists. Some 3 million people were affected and an estimated 7,000 homes were seriously damaged.

On Monday, three temblors (two registering magnitudes 4.5 and 4.3) shook El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. There were no reports of injuries or serious damage.

You may be interested

Costa Rica immigration offices to remain closed until October
Costa Rica
5542 views
Costa Rica
5542 views

Costa Rica immigration offices to remain closed until October

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 19, 2020

The Immigration Administration on Friday said its main and regional offices will remain closed until October due to the coronavirus…

Pic of the Day: Hopping into the weekend
Pic of the Day
775 views
Pic of the Day
775 views

Pic of the Day: Hopping into the weekend

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 19, 2020

Happy weekend from all of us at The Tico Times! [caption id="attachment_62085" align="aligncenter" width="740"] (Courtesy of Brian Kubicki)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_111342"…

Top dental clinics in Costa Rica meet patient needs in the age of COVID
Dental Tourism
2503 views
Dental Tourism
2503 views

Top dental clinics in Costa Rica meet patient needs in the age of COVID

Vayolla Quiros / Goodness Dental - September 18, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its guidelines for dental settings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.…