November 11th, 2012
06:52 PM ET

6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off Guatemala's western coast

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck this afternoon in the Pacific off the western coast of Guatemala, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Striking about 17 miles (27 kilometers) below sea level, the tremor was centered about 19 miles west-southwest of Champerico, Guatemala, and 115 miles from the capital, Guatemala City. The quake was not far from southern Mexico, with the USGS reporting it was 27 miles south-southeast of the border community of Suchiate, Mexico.

Earlier Sunday, the U.S. agency had said it was a 6.2-magnitude tremor, but later revised the report with the higher magnitude. It was followed by a number of significant aftershocks with magnitudes as strong as 5.0.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that "based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected."

Sunday's earthquake is the second major one in four days to strike the region.

Last Wednesday morning, a powerful 7.4-magnitude tremor struck in the same area - about 22 miles from the coastal town of Champerico - at a depth of 15 miles. At least 52 people were killed in its aftermath, according to President Otto Perez Molina. Hundreds more were injured, while more than 2,200 homes were damaged.

That earthquake was the strongest to hit Guatemala since 1976, when one with a magnitude of 7.5 killed about 23,000 people, Molina said.

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  1. --Rick

    Just another example as to how organized and perfectly executed God's plan is when contrasted with evolution.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      God's plan is to kill those that are more religious that even America is? You are quite sad.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • --Rick

      You need a course in reading statement was all inclusive.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • --Rick

      My statement was also a compare and contrast devise which requires critical thinking. I can see now why you failed at both.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kevobx

    What is ism? *Zechariah 14:14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; (*1st Chronicles 1:34 Esau and Israel*) Jacob is at the end with the 12 tribes the children of Israel in revelation 21:12

    November 12, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. kevobx

    Benghazi, the new 9/11? *Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. *Daniel 11:43 and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. kevobx

    What is hatred, anger makes one red like Esau. Are you a hater? *Psalm 81:15 The haters of the Lord should have submitted themselves unto him: *2nd Timothy 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. kevobx

    The entire world will be exposed by grace and truth, pride brings destruction? Man takes pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11) *Proverbs 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Peter

    i think you are unemployed cause you are ignorant, without a brain... and i don't even think you have the money to visit another place than your f** town... so don't say things you don't know... and by he way the world doesn't need people like you (stays the whole day reading on the computer and not doing something productive...

    ahh yeah by the way I'm 16 and i have a JOB and live in Guatemala... and I'm sure i have more MONEY than you!

    November 12, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. kevobx

    No man knows the day? *John 3:31-32 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. (The raiser of taxes is here? *Daniel 11:20* *John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease. (Isaiah 9:7)

    November 12, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. marie

    hello, I think you should get a better education, first AMERICA is a continent not a country. America comes from a spanish word, named after Americo Vespucio (spanish conquer) You have not only to travel to tourist destinations, around the world, to get to know the world!!!! do you know where is Central America? Do you know who are the most intelligent people in the continent? Do you know why America (the continent) is divided by 3? Do you know where does the best food you eat proceeded? Do you know other language than english? If you can speak English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Mandarin, and Catalan, we can comment about tourist places. An earthquake is not a superficial theme you can make a comment like the one you just did..... Hope you can find work.... Good luck

    November 12, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. kevobx

    The holy Spirit is for the world, do you tests the spirits? Prove all things. The Holy Ghost is for the true believers, it teacheth comparing spiritual things with spiritual. *Romans 10:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. *Romans 11:1 I SAY then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the the tribe of Benjamin.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kevobx

    Who is the first nation, among the United Nations, why is the answer a top secret? It is Great Britain, England! Who formed America in colonialization, the British who own the Canada territories. The U.N is a fraud? America married themselves into the British empire, truth. The queen of England took Eygpt jewels by pillage. Ask God about the dukes and lords in Great Britain like duke Amalek? *Numbers 24:20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up this parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations: but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever. (Genesis 36:16)

    November 13, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. kevobx

    Christianity is totally against the Word of God why? (Revelation 19:13) Religion is totally against the word of the Lord why? (Revelation 19:16) The mark of the beast believe in miracles, they worship the beast and his image (Revelation 19:20) *Ezekiel 44:5 and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary. *Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

    November 13, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. kevobx

    No man knows the day, because Day is called light (Genesis 1:5) *1st Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. *1st Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

    November 13, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. kevobx

    Who is the red cross, it was founded in Britain and Switzerland truth, do they walk by faith? *Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: (Who is blessed?) *1st Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of Lords; (Daniel 12:7)

    November 13, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
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