We got to experience our first earthquake last night here in Guatemala. We were at the mall having dinner at a restaurant when we first heard some rumblings, which for some reason we thought was the train for the kids that drives around the mall. After that things began to sway and start shaking, nothing too strong, but enough to to feel a bit troubled once we realized what was actually occurring. By that time the tremors stopped and all was back to normal.
We asked the waiter if that was “normal” and he indicated that it was pretty strong. Once we got home we hopped online to find out more. The earthquake measured 6.5 and was 3 miles south of a town called Pajapita, near the border with Mexico and 104 miles west of Guatemala City. Impact was minimal in the city, but areas closer to the epicenter experienced blackouts and some poorly built homes were destroyed.