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article image6.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Guatemala

By Anne Sewell     Mar 26, 2013 in Environment
Guatemala City - The earthquake hit Guatemala yesterday afternoon just 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of San Jose Pinula and close to the nation's capital. The quake registered 124.3 miles (200 kilometers) deep.
Reportedly residents barely felt the temblor and according to authorities there are no immediate reports of damage, injuries or deaths. No tsunami warnings were issued.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was located 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of San Jose Pinula and had a depth of 124.3 miles (200 kilometers).
Mario Cruz, a spokesman for firefighters in the area, told the media, "So far we have received no reports of damage and we're monitoring nationwide."
While the quake occurred a mere 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Guatemala's capital, it was barely felt, probably due to its depth.
Further distances from the epicenter are 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from Santa Catarina Pinula and 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Palencia, Guatemala.
Residents, however, remember a 7.4-magnitude earthquake which hit in November 2012, killing 42 people in Guatemala. The quake was centered off of the coastal town of Champerico and was only 20 miles (32 kilometers) deep. That particular earthquake was the strongest to hit Guatemala since the 1976 quake which killed 23,000 and injured approximately 76,000 people.
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