Guatemala earthquake kills two people and causes landslide


Guatemala City-A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck southwestern Guatemala early Wednesday, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said it killed two people, collapsed their roofs and caused landslides. According to the EMSC, the depth of the quake was 96 km (60 miles) and the epicenter was 16 km east of Tiquisate, Guatemala.

Tiquisate is located in most poor coastal areas of Central America, surrounded by large banana and palm oil plantations for export to the United States.

The National Disaster Mitigation Coordinator (CONRED), a disaster agency in Guatemala, has nailed the earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8.

As of 8:30 am local time, authorities have reported two deaths. A woman in the city of Mixco, a suburb of the western part of the capital, and a man in the high-altitude city of Quetzaltenango. Both died of a heart attack, officials said.

Images shared by the agency on social media showed that after the quake, rockfalls and uprooted trees were blocking the route, including the tourist-popular colonial city of Antigua.

According to the EMSC, there were two aftershocks of magnitude greater than 4 in the region after the first earthquake.

Sophia menthu

Reuters

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