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Guatemala: Major offshore earthquake June 14; no tsunami warning

6.9-magnitude offshore earthquake strikes near Tajumulco (southwest) early on June 14; no tsunami warning issued, destruction possible

14 Jun 01:03 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 6/14/2017, 12:00 AM until 6/14/2017, 11:59 PM (America/Guatemala). COUNTRY/REGION Tajumulco

Event

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale struck off the southwestern coast of Guatemala at around 02:30 (local time) on Wednesday, June 14. The epicenter is located approximately 8 km (5 mi) southwest of Tajumulco (San Marcos department), near the border with Mexico. No tsunami alert has been issued.

No reports of damages or casualties have emerged yet but given the magnitude of the earthquake significant destruction is possible.

Advice

Individuals in the area are advised to closely monitor the situation, to adhere to any instructions or advice issued by the local authorities, and to be prepared for aftershocks.

 

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