6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Guatemala; home damage reported

Guatemala.-A strong earthquake 6.8 degrees on the Richter scale shook various localities in Guatemala early this Wednesday, reported the INational Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh).

According to the report, the telluric movement was recorded at 1:12 local time on the coast of Escuintla about 54 kilometers from Mazatenango and about 57 from Retalhuleu.

For its part, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED) reported that the earthquake has so far left some damage to homes and roads. However, he ruled out that the incident had caused damage to people.

In this sense, CONRED invited citizens to remain calm, and reported that after the earthquake this morning, the Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis system was activated in Guatemala in order to detect any risk, emergency or disaster situation.

For its part, the Mexican government through the National Seismological announced that the tremor was felt with a final intensity of 4.9 degrees in the southwest of Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas.

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Given this situation and due to the place where the tremor originated, Mexico Civil Protection announced that after the earthquake registered in Chiapas, the Tsunami Warning Center of the Secretary of the Navy ruled out any important variation in sea levels.

Plane makes an emergency landing on the Mazatlán-Culiacán highway