March 9, 2021

Guatemala records three earthquakes of 3.2 to 4.1 degrees of intensity that do not cause damage



Guatemala perceived a seismic swarm of three tremors this evening that varied from 4.1 to 3.2 degrees of intensity on Richter’s open scale, without the authorities registering damage on a preliminary basis, according to an official source.

The first telluric movement took place at 21.32 local time (03.32 GMT, Monday), the second happened six minutes later and the last one that was perceived this Sunday was at 21.48 local time (03.42 GMT, Monday).

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) said that no damage had been reported and added that it would continue pending any eventuality.

The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh), indicated in different bulletins that the earthquakes varied from 4.1 degrees, to 3.4 and, finally, to 3.2.

The first was the epicenter of the southern department of Suchitepéquez, on the Pacific coast; the second in the eastern department of Jalapa; and the fourth in the department of Baja Verapaz, north of the country.

The Insivumeh had reported on Saturday night, at 21.32 local time (03.32 GMT, Sunday) another earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 Richter and Conred ruled out damage and repercussions in the Central American country.

Next Tuesday, the Municipality of Guatemala will carry out, for the first time in its history, a mock macro that emulates an earthquake of 7.6 degrees on the Richter scale.

About 250,000 people will participate in the activity and about 370 properties will be evacuated from the Guatemalan capital.

There will be search and rescue, fire and mass evacuation scenarios in at least five areas of the city.

The simulation macro will be carried out at 10.00 local time (16.00 GMT). The Caribbean area of ​​Los Amates, in the department of Izabal, with a depth of five kilometers will have as its epicenter.

The exercise is intended to prevent a disaster like the one lived on February 4, but from 1976, 44 years ago. That day, an earthquake of 7.5 magnitude caused the death of 23,000 people and caused destruction in a third of the national territory.

Guatemala is considered by international organizations as one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters, and local authorities have identified more than 10,000 risk points across the country, which affects about three million people.

The Central American country has a high seismic activity and registers more than a thousand telluric movements a year.

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