CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – A Guatemala earthquake today was felt across most of the country. Guatemala was struck by a large terremoto, a temblor registering 5.8 magnitude, moments ago. No reports of injuries have been given.
Shortly after 12:30 PM local time, Guatemala today experienced a significant quake of moderate depth. USGS reports news that a 5.8 earthquake struck today outside of Cuilapa. The terremoto had a marginal depth, local news indicates; it struck twenty-five miles below the earth’s surface.
The temblor was centered twelve miles east of Cuilapa and sixteen miles from Jutiapa. The quake was twenty-three miles outside of Jalapa. USGS reports news that Guatemala City was only thirty-three miles away from the temblor’s epicenter.
Guatemala earthquakes are not unusual. But an earthquake centered on land, near a densely populated, is not a frequent occurrence. This quake was north of highway 2 and south of highway 18.
Today’s temblor was centered east of Petapa and Villa Nueva, south east of Santa Catarina Pinula and Ciudad Real. Just days ago, a small quake registering 4.5 magnitude struck the country. That earlier temblor was centered closest to San Marcos and roughly eighty-two miles from Guatemala City.