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23 Jun 2020 | 04:16 PM UTC

Guatemala: 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes near Santa María Zapotitlán (Oaxaca State) on June 23; tsunami warning issued

Guatemala News Alert

7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes near Santa María Zapotitlán (Oaxaca State) on June 23; tsunami and aftershocks possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/23/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/27/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Mexico_City). COUNTRY/REGION Guatemala

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Event

On Tuesday, June 23, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 7.4 magnitude earthquake 11 km (7 miles) SSW of Santa María Zapotitlán. The earthquake struck at a depth of 23.3 km (14.5 miles) at 10:29 (local time). The US Tsunami Warning System has issued an alert for the coast of Mexico, as well as for Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Tremors were reportedly felt in Mexico City, but there have been no immediate reports of damage and casualties.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days. 

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g., under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

 

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