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6.2 magnitude earthquake jolts Guatemala and surrounding Central American nations; No casualties reported yet

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2023. 6:49 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: In a breaking news report from Prensa Latina, it was announced that an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rattled various Central American countries, including Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico. The quake took place at 18:28 local time, with the epicenter reported at a depth of 25 kilometers in the Mesoamerican trench, 254 kilometers from the Department of Jutiapa, according to the Guatemalan National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology.

Despite the widespread tremor, there have been no confirmations of fatalities, injuries, or significant damages from the authorities of the affected nations. The event, however, was noted by users on various social media platforms.

Residents of the capital city, alongside those in San Lucas Sacatepéquez, Mixco, and Villanueva, as well as other parts of southwestern Guatemala, reportedly felt the seismic activity. The earthquake resulted in the noticeable swaying of buildings in these areas.

The local authorities have since reiterated the necessary safety measures in the event of such a disaster. These precautions include moving away from windows, stairs, and shelves, standing near columns for protection, and if at a workplace, activating the business response plan.

This event follows the strongest earthquake of the year so far, a 6.8 magnitude tremor that occurred in the early hours of February 16. The earlier quake resulted in structural damage and caused three fatalities in the Central American region. The latest earthquake serves as a stark reminder of the area’s susceptibility to significant seismic activity.


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