In memory of the victims of August 6 – Guatemala, China and Myanmar/India

“In memory of” will highlight deadly earthquakes of the past.
People have forgotten a lot of these human tragedies.
We @ Earthquake Report are hopeful that people in these countries and cities will learn from their history and will make sure that they are building Earthquake Proof houses and that they know what to do when the earth will be shaking again.

M 7.7  06-08-1942  Guatemala    Depth 35 km     38 dead
38 deaths, many injured, and widespread material damage was the toll for this devastating earthquake.
On 6 August at 23:36 Guatemala was shaken by a Magnitude 7.7 earthquake at a depth of 35 km.
These where the official data released by the government.
Most of the destruction as well as the victims were registered in the Chimaltenango Department
Chimaltenango Department:
– In the departmental capital, public and private buildings were damaged.
– In the municipalities of Comalapa, Tecpán and Patzicía, several buildings and houses destroyed, some dead. Acatenango was practically destroyed, with many casualties. In the remaining municipalities light damage was reported.
Department of Guatemala:
– Amatitlán. 253 houses slightly damaged, 99 destroyed and 196 in damage.
– Villa Nueva. Walls of some homes of some houses collapsed, there were no deaths.
– San Pedro Sacatepéquez. Slight damage to buildings.
– San Juan Sacatepéquez. Municipal buildings and several houses damaged.
Sacatapéquez Department:
– Palace of the Captains General, some Catholic churches and private houses were damaged of little consideration, landslides on the road between the capital and the city of Antigua Guatemala.
Escuintla Department:
Several buildings, including police headquarters and several houses were destroyed, no deaths were reported.

M 5.3  06-08-1986  China       Depth 11 km    2 dead
A small but shallow earthquake in the Chengdu province kills 2 people. Damage and injured people numbers are not known.

M 7.3  06-08-1988  Myanmar/India border Depth 91 km 41 dead (earthquake and landslides)
A major earthquake rocked Manipur-Myanmar border in the year August 06, 1988. The quake took place in the vicinity of the Tipaimukh Dam (India), a controversial project. The Tipaimukh area lies in an ecologically sensitive and topographically fragile region. It falls under one of the most seismically volatile regions on the planet.
USGS data on this earthquake : Three people killed, 12 injured and considerable damage and landslides in the Gauhati-Sibsagar-Imphal area, India.  Subsidence of about 20 centimeters occurred in the Gauhati area, India. About 30 people injured and some damage in Bangladesh.  Two people killed and about 30 missing when a possible seiche on the Jamuna River at Aricha, Bangladesh caused a ferry boat to capsize.  Some damage in the Homalin area, Burma.  Felt throughout Bangladesh and northeastern India, including Calcutta.  Also felt in parts of northwestern Burma and at Kathmandu, Nepal.  The focal mechanism is  moderately well controlled and corresponds to reverse faulting with a moderate strike-slip component.

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