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We at Heifer International extend our deep sympathy and best wishes for recovery to those affected by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Guatemala on Wednesday. Heifer Guatemala staff is assessing damage and needs for assistance among its project partners and participants there.

Heifer staff and participants safe after Guatemala earthquake.

Currently, all Heifer International employees are safe, and no staff or project participants were reported injured after the massive quake, centered 14 miles off the country's coast. No infrastructure damage or loss of animals have been reported, either.

The earthquake, the largest to hit the country since 1976, killed at least 48 people and injured dozens of others, particularly in the San Marcos region. It was also felt in El Salvador and southeastern Mexico.

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Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She has a master's in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is married, a mother of two, and a wannabe urban farmer, raising her own chickens and killing most of her vegetable crops.