Strong dangerous earthquake in Guatemala - 3 people killed, many injured + a lot of damage

Article also written by  Szombath Balazs 
Earthquake overview :  
Strong 5.8 earthquake hit Guatemala  September 19, 2011 at 12:34:00 PM local time. In only a half hour before a 4.8 earthquake struck the same region.

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1 dead, 3 missing (now after 72 hrs, presumed dead) = 4 dead.

​11 people have been injured according to final reports, however other reports of up to 40 injured have also come out of Guatemala.

Over 2500 people have been affected - with at least 400 houses damaged, with 11 severely damaged (collapsed). Support systems are  in place in the Santa Rosa region.

​The data from this earthquake have also been confused by many landslides occurring in the area as a result of rains.


At least 3 people have died (1 by a collapsing wall, and 2 by a landslide) when a shallow 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala.

There are many injured and traumatised people as a result of this event.

At least 400 homes have been damaged in the Cuilapa area, and these homes have been evacuated.

UPDATE 23:50 UTC: Local sources are mentioning 1 killed person, 3 missing people and a lot of injured. Rescue services are continuing their struggle to find survivors. A total of 5 aftershocks have been reported. None of the aftershocks had a magnitude above 5. Most of the damage has been inflicted in the Cuilapa Santa Rosa area.

3 people were injured in the Cuilapa hospital. 10 persons have been treated for nervous breakdowns.

UPDATE 23:38 UTC: At least 6 people have been reported injured.

UPDATE 21:42 UTC: A woman, Flor Escobar de Jesus (28), was killed when a wall in her house collapsed in Cuilapa. Earlier she was reported as a victim of a landslide. Two others died as their cars were buried in a landslide. 

UPDATE 20:40 UTC: Earlier reported family buried under a wall is from Cuilapa, in the department of Santa Rosa. Crews are on the way to rescue the family. Three vehicles were also trapped in a mudslide on a road leading to El Salvador, but no injuries were reported.

SERIES OF EARTHQUAKES until September 20, 13:37 (1:37 PM)

Mag    Date / time                  Depth
4.6      2011/09/20 04:28     24.0      GUATEMALA
4.5      2011/09/19 20:30     40.9      GUATEMALA
4.8      2011/09/19 19:17     36.9      GUATEMALA
5.8      2011/09/19 18:34     39.4      GUATEMALA
4.8      2011/09/19 18:00     61.0      GUATEMALA

UPDATE 20:34 UTC: Local media also reported that a wall fell on several houses, trapping a family. It was not clear if there were more casualties. Public buildings were evacuated in the area and school classes canceled.

UPDATE 20:15 UTC: USGS PAGER is reporting that there will be 0 shaking fatalities (median) 
and less than 1 million USD damage.

UPDATE 19:58 UTC: A spokesman for the Volunteer Firefighters told local media that at least one woman died and three were injured as a result of a landslide caused by the earthquakes in Cuialapa community, southeast of the country. Three children from a private school in that city were also transferred to a hospital after suffering injuries when they ran for help. Local media also reported damage to structures Cuilapa National Hospital, as well as several residences in that city.

UPDATE 19:53 UTC: The fire department confirmed the death of a person in Cuilapa.

UPDATE 19:49 UTC:  According to the newspaper Prensa Libre, there are people buried in 
the village of Las Animas, Santa Rosa. The newspaper reported that in 
several places recording damage and Highway 54 that leads to El 
Salvador is interrupted by a landslide.

UPDATE 19:43 UTC: The earthquake was initially reported as a 6.1 magnitude quake at , later recalculated as a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. Damage is reported from near the epicenter.

UPDATE 19:34 UTC: One house collapsed in Santa Rosa.  The person reported earlier was killed by a landslide. The quakes struck near Guatemala's southwestern coast in the sugar cane-growing region around Santa Rosa.

UPDATE 19:22 UTC: There are reports about people buried in rubble. Firefighters are on the scene in the department of Santa Rosa.  One confirmed dead..

Strong 5.8 earthquake hit Guatemala  September 19, 2011 at 12:34:00 PM local time. The depth of the hypocenter was reported  at 39.4 km.
The earthquake follows another one with magnitude 4.8 which struck the region about a half an hour before.

"I Have Felt It" reports as received by
MMI values (if indicated) after the text (III: Weak shaking, IV Light shaking, V Moderate shaking, VI Strong shaking, VII Very Strong shaking)
Guatemala City : Personalmente he sentido tres de los temblores que se han registrado.  He estado en mi casa.  En el de 5.8 ya se cayeron algunas adornos de una librera de la sala.  Mi perro ladra al momento del temblor

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.8
UTC Time : September 19, 2011 - 18:34:00 UTC
Local time at epicenter : September 19, 2011 - 12:34:00 PM
Depth (Hypocenter) : 39.4 km (24.5 miles)
Geo-location(s) : 14.332°N, 90.142°W
​53 km (32 miles) SE of GUATEMALA, Guatemala
69 km (42 miles) E of Escuintla, Guatemala

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map showing the epicenter and the surrounding area.
Historic earthquakes map
Seismic hazard map
Shaking map
Human impact map

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