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6.2-magnitude earthquake hits Guatemala City

PTI Guatemala City | Updated on November 20, 2017

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Guatemala City, but residents said they barely felt the temblor and authorities had no immediate reports of damage or death.

The US Geological Survey had said yesterday that the quake’s epicentre was located 6 kilometres northwest of San Jose Pinula and had a depth of 200 kilometres.

“So far we have received no reports of damage and we’re monitoring nationwide,” said Mario Cruz, a spokesman for fire-fighters.

The quake was only 9 km from Guatemala’s capital, but was barely felt, perhaps because of its depth.

In November 2012, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake left 42 people dead in Guatemala. The quake, which was just 32 km deep, was centered off the coastal town of Champerico.

It was the strongest earthquake to hit Guatemala since a 1976 temblor that killed 23,000.

Published on March 26, 2013

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