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Magnitude 6 earthquake in Guatemala leaves three injured and minor damage

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Magnitude 6 earthquake in Guatemala leaves three injured and minor damage

A magnitude 6 earthquake shook southern Guatemala on Friday night, leaving three people injured and minor damage to infrastructure.

The tremor, which was recorded at 11:52 p.m. local time (05:52 GMT) with its epicenter on the coast of the department of Escuintla, in the Pacific, was felt in 12 of the 22 departments of the country.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) reported that the three injured were registered in Sololá due to the fall of a motorcycle after a collapse on the road.

Regarding material damage, Conred reported damage to the façade of the Church of San Pedro Jocopilas in Suchitepéquez, the structure of a fire station in La Gomera, Escuintla, and a drinking water pipe in the municipality of Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango.

The Institute of Seismology of Guatemala indicated that the earthquake had a depth of 48 kilometers and was sensitive in the south of the country, as well as in the tourist town of Antigua Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Guatemala is located in an area of ​​high seismicity due to the convergence of the Caribe and Cocos tectonic plates, which generates a series of telluric movements, most of which are imperceptible. According to authorities, 90% of Guatemalan territory is prone to tremors.

The authorities recommend that the population remain calm and be prepared for the possibility of new earthquakes.

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