M6.8 earthquake hits Guatemala causing damage

Strange Sounds – Jun 22, 2017

A strong M6.8 earthquake, centered near Puerto San Jose, has struck just off Guatemala’s Pacific coast, causing some minor damage on June 22, 2017.

The earthquake was widely felt across the region, including El Salvador and Mexico. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a tsunami.

One week after a M6.9 earthquake hit the Guatemala-Mexico border, killing at least 5 people, another powerful quake struck the country at a depth of just 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) at 6:31 a.m. local time today. It was centered about 39 kilometers (24 miles) southwest of Puerto San José, or 75 kilometers (46 miles) southwest of Escuintla.

The earthquake was strong and long. People went out to the street to protect themselves. Residents in the capital, Guatemala City, also reported feeling the earthquake. A spokesman for CONRED said there are no early reports of injuries.