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Very strong earthquake near Guatemala city

M 6.2 very strong earthquake shakes Guatemala city today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The epicenter located 10 km ESE of Guatemala City.
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Update 03:00 UTC
-Estimated number of people within 100 km: 7,200,000
-No damage expected because of the deep earthquake. However tremor will have felt in wide areas.

M 6.2 very strong earthquake shakes Guatemala city today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 6 km NNW of San Jose Pinula and 10 km ESE of Guatemala City. It was 125 miles deep.

Following USGS Pager Map, light shaking of MMI IV will have felt by the people of Iztapa, Salama, Monjas, Guatemala City, Amatitlan, San Raimundo, Chimaltenango, Jalapa, Antigua Guatemala, Tapachula, Santa Cruz del Quiche, Coban and Escuintla.

Magnitude 7.4 earthquake in Guatemala city in 2012 killed more than 50 people. It was the strongest quake since the terrible earthquake that hit Guatemala in 1976.

Guatemala lies in a major fault zone, known as the Motagua and Chixoy-Polochic fault complex. The most destructive earthquake in recent Guatemalan history was the 1976 quake with a magnitude of 7.5 which killed 23,000 people.

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23:02 UTC (local time Monday, March 25, 2013 at 05:02 PM @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
6 km NNW of San Jose Pinula, Guatemala
7 km ENE of Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala
10 km ESE of Guatemala City, Guatemala
10 km SW of Palencia, Guatemala

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 25, 2013

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