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Guatemala Earthquake Pictures
February 4, 1976


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Pictures of Earthquakes

One of many large cracks in a delta at Lake Amatitlan (20 kilometers south of Guatemala City) opened as a result of Earthquake-induced liquefaction of a near surface layer of saturated pumice sand and lateral spreading of the surficial deposits towards the lake. Such cracks caused serious damage where they intersected structures such as the one in the foreground. The front portion of the house in the background sank into the liquefied sand, tilting the brick chimney. Photo by S.B. Bonis.

Pictures of Earthquakes

Pacaya volcano 25 kilometers south of Guatemala City during an ash eruption shortly after the February 4, 1976, earthquake. Although the amount of ash erupted from the volcano may have increased slightly as a result of the earthquake, the apparent increase is well within the limits of the variation in the volcano's activity that had been observed for roughly a year prior to the earthquake.



Pictures of Earthquakes

Cracks in unconsolidated deposits along the Motagua River shown in photo geq00038. There is both extension towards the free face and down stepping towards the river.



Pictures of Earthquakes

Swimming pool on the shore of Lake Atitlan (65 kilometers west of Guatemala City) that was destroyed when deltaic deposits on which it was built liquefied during the earthquake and flowed (or slid) into the lake. Ground cracks and local sand spout deposits occur in the lawn behind the pool.




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Credits: All earthquake photographs courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Event Photographer:
No Name, but from U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-165

Note: YupRocks makes no copyright claims on these earthquake photographs - they are public domain and may be freely distributed.
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