7.4 Magnitude Earthquake shook off the shores of Guatemala

Guatemala Earthquake Map 11/07/12 - credit: USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurred offshore of Guatemala this Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM, local time. The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported it as a 7.5 magnitude earthquake but quickly downgraded it to a 7.4 magnitude rating.

The earthquake’s epicenter was at 14.083°N, 91.916°W with a depth of 25.9 miles. The nearest city, Champerico, was around 14 miles north of the earthquake. The earthquake was 37 miles SSE of Suchiate, Mexico.

People in the area reported feeling a very strong shaking. There was moderate damage. A couple of people reported severe shaking with moderate to heavy damage. The responses were reported to the US Geological Survey.

At least 39 people have died from the event, President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala said at a news conference. The deaths were in the northwestern area of Guatemala near the border of Mexico. This area suffered the most damage.

A tsunami was generated from this earthquake incident, according to a report by NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The height of the waves along the coast may have increased over the first couple of hours after the earthquake.

By: N Wilson

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