Last night at 10:49 pm a major earthquake struck southern Mexico and adjacent areas in Guatemala. With a magnitude of 8.1 it was the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico since 1985. Fortunately the epicenter was off the coast in the Pacific Ocean and not on land.
Nonetheless, the earthquake caused severe damage in several Mexican states, most notably in Chiapas, which was closest to the epicenter. More than 30 people lost their lives and buildings were damaged as far away as Mexico City and Veracruz.
In the Western Highlands of Guatemala, in the area around Quetzaltenango and Huehuetenango, several people were injured by walls falling over.
No Damage in Antigua Guatemala
Here in Antigua, which is located farther to the east and away from the epicenter, the earthquake gave us a good scare, but did no major damage. A few things fell off shelves here and there, but nothing more serious than that.
We are all good here in Antigua and the school is fully operational. If you are planning to travel to Antigua in the near future, there is no need to postpone your trip because of the earthquake.