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. Tommy

    Damn another one? Oh and btw, is a quake in Kentucky normal or was that a first?

    November 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber1892

      Yes. It's part of the New Marid Seismic Zone.

      November 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Axel Segura

    Thats why our milk shakes are the best. We start by shaking the cows.

    November 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ponch

    Whatamalla ?

    November 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Amarth


    November 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Jeez, another one?

    November 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Allison

    Banasy doesn't care she is a welfare case v

    November 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Allison

    Hi Banasy Binet it I'd nice living off of the work of others

    November 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Yeah, okay.
    Troll la la.

    November 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. southernwonder

    the republican primaries and campaign made it clear that the end is near, and we must stand with israel. the heathen voters did not listen. what would it take to convince the voters? an earthquake?

    November 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the prophet

    i just said this today that there are going to be massive earth=quakes due to the son bursts of energy, this energy reaching our atmosphere thence stretching it and transferring forces to tectonic plates, this activity will cause storms and earthquakes, New York City will be hit this December and January fire and buildings will collapse its going to be of cataclysmic and epic proportion

    November 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jarno

      Um... how do I put this kindly... your basic science understanding needs a little fine tuning. Ok, maybe more than a little.

      November 11, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mauro

    I hope the best to Guatemala. No one is spoken about the problems they have due to the earlier quake. It is bad.

    November 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. the prophet

    am not moved by the denial and ignorance expressed certain humans

    November 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian monosso

    Wow, so many earthquakes. Does sound like the end of times. Nice knowing ya'll. See ya on the other side, I hope.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Amber1892

    I guess some people here know nothing about fault lines or continents in collision.... The earth tends to move.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hide Behind

    I am much more interested in the recent Kentucky quake.
    While our gov paid mouthpieces said ordinary the real geo boys are biting fingernails and pulling on their pointy beards or hairless chins.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
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