Strong earthquake in Guatemala injures many, one dead

Earthquake, September 7, 2013
Earthquake, September 7, 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 6.6-magnitude earthquake that shook Guatemala’s Pacific coast yesterday evening (September 7, 2013). reported one woman dead from a heart attack during the earthquake, plus many people injured and carried to hospitals. USA Today reported that some injuries occurred when adobe homes to collapsed in a town near the epicenter, which was 3 miles south of the small town of Pajapita, near the border with Mexico. Other injuries occurred in traffic accidents when people ran from their homes into the streets.

USGS reports details of the quake as follows:

Event Time
2013-09-07 00:13:29 UTC
2013-09-06 18:13:29 UTC-06:00 at epicenter

14.643°N 92.104°W

Depth=67.0km (41.6mi)

Nearby Cities
5km (3mi) ESE of Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala
15km (9mi) NE of Suchiate, Mexico
26km (16mi) WSW of Coatepeque, Guatemala
28km (17mi) SSW of Malacatan, Guatemala
171km (106mi) W of Guatemala City, Guatemala

USA Today said the quake was felt strongly in the capital of Guatemala City, and caused blackouts in some areas, but authorities did not immediately report any damage there.

Bottom line: A strong earthquake – 6.6 magnitude – in Guatemala Friday evening (local time) caused many injuries. One woman died of a heart attack during the quake. Some homes and other buildings collapsed.

September 7, 2013

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