File No. 814.48/7
Chargé Thurston to the Secretary of State
Guatemala, December 26, 1917, 6 a.m.
Guatemala City greatly damaged materially by severe earthquakes which began at 10.30 last night and have continued almost without cessation. National Palace, Post Office, Barracks and innumerable private dwellings partially destroyed. Legation damaged but inhabitable. Consulate partially demolished. British Legation greatly damaged. Diplomatic corps and all Americans believed by me to be safe. As yet no fatalities reported but believed there have been some. Request authorization draw on Department for funds for relief work should this become necessary. Will keep Department fully informed.