1717 Guatemala earthquake

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
1717 Guatemala earthquake
1717 Guatemala earthquake is located in Central America
Antigua Guatemala
Antigua Guatemala
1717 Guatemala earthquake
Date September 29, 1717 (1717-09-29)
Magnitude ~7.4 Mw
Epicenter 14°34′N 90°44′W / 14.57°N 90.73°W / 14.57; -90.73Coordinates: 14°34′N 90°44′W / 14.57°N 90.73°W / 14.57; -90.73
Areas affected Guatemala
Max. intensity IX (Violent)

The 1717 Guatemala earthquake struck Guatemala on September 29 with an estimated moment magnitude of 7.4,[1] and a Mercalli intensity of approximately IX (Violent).[1] The earthquake essentially destroyed much of the architecture of Antigua Guatemala, which was the colonial capital of Central America at the time. Over 3,000 buildings were ruined including many temples and churches. Such was the effect of the disaster that the authorities considered moving the headquarters to a settlement which was less prone to natural disasters.[1]

Later earthquakes meant that after the 1773 earthquake the town had been moved three times. In 1776, after the Santa Marta earthquakes, the Spanish Crown finally ordered the capital to be moved to a safer location, in the Valley of the Shrine, where Guatemala City, the modern capital of Guatemala, now stands.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c White, R. A.; Ligorria, J. P.; Cifuentes, I. L. (2004). "Seismic history of the Middle America subduction zone along El Salvador, Guatemala, and Chiapas, Mexico: 1526–2000". Natural Hazards in El Salvador. Geological Society of America. p. 394. ISBN 978-0-8137-2375-4. 


Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1717_Guatemala_earthquake&oldid=812917054"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1717_Guatemala_earthquake
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "1717 Guatemala earthquake"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA