September 19th, 2011
04:02 PM ET

5.8-magnitude earthquake hits Guatemala; 3 reported dead

[Updated at 4:06 p.m. ET] Three people have been killed following a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Guatemala on Monday, according to local firefighters.

Ana Staackman, who lives in Guatemala City, Guatemala, said she felt a strong shaking in her office building during the quake.

Staackman said she is used to the earthquakes since they happen every other week but this one lasted longer and felt stronger than usual.

[Posted at 3:02 p.m. ET] A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala on Monday, about 53 kilometers (32 miles) southeast of Guatemala City, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

"We felt some strong termors. We heard that the first tremor registered about 4.8 and the second, 5.8," Evelyn Ruano, a spokeswoman with the President's office, told CNN. "There are people buried in rubble. Firefighters are on the scene in the department of Santa Rosa. We have one confirmed dead."

The earthquake, which the USGS reported to be some 25 miles deep, was felt in the capital.

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  1. Mad Max

    Dude, what's going on in the world? Maybe there is something to 2012!

    September 20, 2011 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ramirio Mario Hernandez Garcia

    Todos bien aqui en Guatemala... en la zona de Quetzaltenango que es en donde vivimos no se sintio ningun tipo de movimiento sismico, gracias a Dios... Bendiciones para todos.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
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