Santa Marta Earthquake, History of Antigua Guatemala


During July 29 of 1773 an earthquake shook the city of Antigua Guatemala. This earthquake was called Santa Marta. Ten minutes later, a second earthquake destroyed most of the buildings just in two minutes. Pieces of walls were over the streets and a cloud of dust covered the air. Everything stayed in silence.

On September and December of the same year, two earthquakes shook the city again. By this time, people lived on their improvised houses, trying to recover their lives. After this event the main powers decided to move the capital to another place. However, not everyone agreed with this decision, some of them stayed in the city they loved and rebuild their houses.

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