GUATEMALA CITY — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala’s Pacific coastline on Monday at 4.02 .p.m. PT
The USGS said Monday that the 6.2 earthquake, which struck Guatemala was located 3 miles (6 kilometers) northwest of San Jose Pinula and had a depth of 200 kilometers (124 miles).
Guatemalan authorities had no immediate reports of damage.
In November 2012, another large earthquake occurred. Seismologists commented at the time that there were strong aftershocks from the 7.5-magnitude earthquake. It killed 52 people in western Guatemala and was felt as far as Mexico City.
Earthquakes of magnitude 6.0 and over have the potential of causing severe damage.
The epicenter of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake, initially reported as a magnitude 5.8, was only 6 miles southeast of Guatemala City but it was at a depth of 124.6 miles, lessening its effect.
David de Leon, a spokesman for Guatemala’s emergency agency, CONRED, said he had no reports of damage or victims.
Last November, more than 50 people were killed in a 7.5 magnitude quake in Guatemala in San Marcos state, a mountainous region near the Mexican border.
In 1976, a magnitude 7.5 quake centered about 99 miles northeast of Guatemala City killed some 23,000 people.
Guatemala has experienced 8,183 earthquakes since the beginning of the year (2013).
Preliminary Earthquake Report
25 Mar 2013 23:02:14 UTC
25 Mar 2013 17:02:14 near epicenter
Location 14.599N 90.428W
Depth 200 km
6 km (3 mi) NNW of San Jose Pinula, Guatemala
8 km (4 mi) ENE of Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala
10 km (6 mi) ESE of Guatemala City, Guatemala
10 km (6 mi) SW of Palencia, Guatemala
14 km (8 mi) SSE of Chinautla, Guatemala
But what you should know is:
- Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
- Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
- Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called “tidal waves”). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach.
- Be careful when driving after an earthquake and anticipate traffic light outages.
Once the Guardian Express receives more information on this breaking news earthquake event out of Guatemala, we will update this report.