Guatemala

Guatemala earthquake triggers rockfalls and uproots trees

Reuters
Guatemala earthquake triggers rockfalls and uproots trees
The earthquake strikes at a depth of 96 kilometers, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre

GUATEMELA CITY, Guatemala – An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck southwestern Guatemala early on Wednesday, February 16, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said, uprooting trees and causing landslides.

The quake was at a depth of 96 kilometers (60 miles), with the epicenter 16 kilometers east of Tiquisate, Guatemala, EMSC said.

Guatemala’s disaster agency, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED), pegged the earthquake at a magnitude of 6.8.

Images shared by the agency on social media showed landslides and fallen trees blocking certain routes following the earthquake.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The initial temblor was followed by two aftershocks of above magnitude 4 in the region, according to EMSC. – Rappler.com