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30 Nov 2019 | 10:28 AM UTC

Guatemala: 5.6-magnitude earthquake strikes off southern coast November 30

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake strikes south of Champerico on November 30; aftershocks possible

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Event

The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.6-magnitude earthquake about 41 km (25 mi) south of Champerico on Saturday, November 30. According to the USGS, the quake hit at approximately 01:45 (local time) at a depth of 47.6 km (29 mi). There were no immediate reports of casualties or infrastructural damage in the area. 

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 the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.