Damaging Earthquake – Guatemala

Very Strong earthquake in Guatemala – 1 woman killed, many people injured

Last update: September 7, 2013 at 6:55 am by By Ashish Khanal

06:46 UTC : 30 people were injured when they fled from they houses and fell or caused traffic accidents. They all were carried to hospitals.

5:52 UTC : Unfortunately one woman from Coatepeque area suffered a heart attack due to the earthquake and died.
More than 40 people in different parts of Guatemala suffered a nervous breakdown or other kinds of shocks. The local fire fighters care for them. At least 11 people were injured by the direct shaking effects (falling debris, etc), among them a pregnant woman.

2:13 UTC: At least 20 people were injured after getting run over by traffic as they fled from their homes in San Marcos.

1:42 UTC:
-4 homes collapsed in San Miguel Sigüila, Quetzaltenango.
-A house collapsed in the village of San Sebastián Lemoa, Quiché.
-2 women were injured in San Marcos.
-There are damaged houses in Patzicia, Chimaltenango.
-A house caught on fire due to the quake in Tiquisate, Escuintla
-Damage can be seen on the roof of Rafael Landívar University.
-Ceiling fell on the Enriquez passageway in Xela.

1:14 UTC: There are collapsed and heavily damaged houses around Quetzaltenango. Also 1 person has been injured by falling debris in there.

1:08 UTC: Unconfirmed reports indicate that 3 houses, damaged on last years quake, have collapsed with no people inside.

1:03 UTC: People have been injured, most of them from traffic accidents.

12:49 UTC: There are reports of damaged houses as well as collapsed walls around Guatemala. A very big landslide has been reported in kilometer 214.

12:44 UTC: USGS expects that 41,000 people felt  a Very Strong shaking (Mercalli Scale of VII), 1,351,000 a strong shaking (MMI of VI) and almost 4 million people feeling a Moderate shaking (MMI V). If these values are correct then this is a very dangerous earthquake.

12:39 UTC: Damage has been reported in San Marcos, Guatemala. Broken windows have been observed in a municipal building of San Marcos.

12:37 UTC: Power is out in some locations around Guatemala. Landslides could had happened since the area has been hit by hard rains lately

12:33 UTC: EMSC is giving a magnitude of 6.5 at a depth of 95km and USGS is giving a M6.5 at a depth of 67km. Both calculations show that this was a deep earthquake.

161 km W of Guatemala City, Guatemala
28 km SW of San Marcos, Guatemala
8 km W of Nuevo Progreso, Guatemala


Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-09-06 18:13:28

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-09-07 00:13:28

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 67 km

from:    http://earthquake-report.com/2013/09/07/very-strong-earthquake-guatemala-on-september-7-2013/