Messages of Sympathy concerning the Damages in Western Guatemala Caused by Earthquake

November 8, 2012

In the wake of the large-scale earthquake that occurred in Western Guatemala on November 7 (local time), Mr. Yoshihiko Noda, the Prime Minister of Japan, sent a message of sympathy to H.E. Mr. Otto Fernando Pérez Molina, President of the Republic of Guatemala, on November 8, while Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs, also sent a message of sympathy to H.E. Mr. Harold Caballeros, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala, both expressing wishes for the quick recovery of those who suffered from the earthquake and for the rapid restoration of the affected area.


(1) At 10:35 a.m. on November 7 (01:35 a.m. on November 8 Japan Standard Time), a magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred off the Pacific Coast approximately 200 km off southwest of Guatemala City, the capital city of Guatemala (according to the National Institute for Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala).

(2) According to an announcement made at 04:00 p.m. on November 7 by the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala, 30 people were killed and 29 are missing. There were also damages such as landslides on arterial highways, power outages, and water stoppage.

    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)