No injuries, damages reported after quake
January 19, 2010
CFCA communities are safe after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck just off the southwest coast of Guatemala Monday at 9:40 a.m. Central time.
The quake’s epicenter was located 55 miles southwest of Santa Ana, El Salvador, and 65 miles southeast of Guatemala City, Guatemala, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The closest CFCA project office to this quake is in Santa Ana. The Guatemalan project offices are located in San Lucas Tolimán, which is more than 80 miles northwest of the epicenter. While CFCA has sponsored members in areas where the earthquake was felt, there were no reports of injuries or damages as a direct result of the quake.
Henry Flores, the director of CFCA’s communications center in Santa Ana, said the staff was frightened for a brief time by the shaking, but that earthquakes are pretty common in the area.
“It was fairly strong,” Flores said. “But everything is well and nothing out of the normal shakes we feel here and there. We got a little scared, but no problems.”
CFCA’s most extensive outreach is in Guatemala, where the Hope for a Family program serves more than 85,000 sponsored children, youth and aging members. There are more than 12,000 sponsored children, youth and aging members in El Salvador.