Very Strong earthquake in Guatemala - many panic releated injuries, 1 teenager died in hospital

Update September 14, 07:32 UTC:
Unfortunately a 16 years old teenager, who was severely injured by the quake, died one week later in a local hospital.
More than 750 buildings were damaged by the earthquake, 136 severely, where more than 700 people had to leave there houses.

Update September 9, 07:31 UTC:
Confusing numbers of injuries are reported from local newspapers and officials, while the killed woman was NOT confirmed. (At least the connection between her death and the earthquake was not proved)
Only two people were injured by falling objects, according to official reports. More than 50 others were treated for nervous breakdowns. (we think this number includes the other panic releated injuries, which were reported earlier)
However, 104 buildings in Guatemala were damaged and several hundred people are affected. Many landslides were triggered and roads were temporarily closed.

06:46 UTC : 30 people were injured when they fled from they houses and fell or caused traffic accidents. They all were carried to hospitals.

5:52 UTC : Unfortunately one woman from Coatepeque area suffered a heart attack due to the earthquake and died.
More than 40 people in different parts of Guatemala suffered a nervous breakdown or other kinds of shocks. The local fire fighters care for them. At least 11 people were injured by the direct shaking effects (falling debris, etc), among them a pregnant woman.

2:13 UTC: At least 20 people were injured after getting run over by traffic as they fled from their homes in San Marcos.

1:42 UTC:
-4 homes collapsed in San Miguel Sigüila, Quetzaltenango.
-A house collapsed in the village of San Sebastián Lemoa, Quiché.
-2 women were injured in San Marcos.
-There are damaged houses in Patzicia, Chimaltenango.
-A house caught on fire due to the quake in Tiquisate, Escuintla
-Damage can be seen on the roof of Rafael Landívar University.
-Ceiling fell on the Enriquez passageway in Xela.

1:14 UTC: There are collapsed and heavily damaged houses around Quetzaltenango. Also 1 person has been injured by falling debris in there.

1:08 UTC: Unconfirmed reports indicate that 3 houses, damaged on last years quake, have collapsed with no people inside.

1:03 UTC: People have been injured, most of them from traffic accidents.

12:49 UTC: There are reports of damaged houses as well as collapsed walls around Guatemala. A very big landslide has been reported in kilometer 214.

12:44 UTC: USGS expects that 41,000 people felt  a Very Strong shaking (Mercalli Scale of VII), 1,351,000 a strong shaking (MMI of VI) and almost 4 million people feeling a Moderate shaking (MMI V). If these values are correct then this is a very dangerous earthquake.

12:39 UTC: Damage has been reported in San Marcos, Guatemala. Broken windows have been observed in a municipal building of San Marcos.

12:37 UTC: Power is out in some locations around Guatemala. Landslides could had happened since the area has been hit by hard rains lately

12:33 UTC: EMSC is giving a magnitude of 6.5 at a depth of 95km and USGS is giving a M6.5 at a depth of 67km. Both calculations show that this was a deep earthquake.

161 km W of Guatemala City, Guatemala
28 km SW of San Marcos, Guatemala
8 km W of Nuevo Progreso, Guatemala


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Magnitude : 6.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-09-06 18:13:28

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-09-07 00:13:28

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 67 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Guatemala Sep 07 11:23 4.2 61 MAP
USGS Champerico, Guatemala Sep 07 11:23 4.2 61 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Champerico, Guatemala Sep 07 08:21 4.3 69 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Offshore Guatemala Sep 07 08:21 4.3 68 MAP
GEOFON Guatemala Sep 07 08:21 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico Sep 07 05:30 4.5 56 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Offshore Guatemala Sep 07 05:30 4.2 74 MAP
USGS Ocos, Guatemala Sep 07 05:30 4.1 61 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Guatemala Sep 07 01:08 4.5 64 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Champerico, Guatemala Sep 07 01:08 4.1 59 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Guatemala Sep 07 01:08 4.0 80 MAP
GEOFON Guatemala Sep 07 00:20 5.3 78 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Guatemala Sep 07 00:20 4.9 114 MAP
USGS Champerico, Guatemala Sep 07 00:20 5.4 64 MAP
USGS Pajapita, Guatemala Sep 07 00:13 6.6 67 MAP
EMSC Guatemala Sep 07 00:13 6.5 67 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Antigua, Guatemala - Probably around 5.5? Seems like it lasted around 45 seconds to a minute.
  • Antigua, Guatemala - Strong shaking but brief, followed by a light aftershock.
  • Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala - 6-7 I guess from experience here; nearly 20 seconds,
  • Ciudad de Guatemala - Strong shaking, in Guatemala City
  • Panajachel - No objects knocked down, but good amount of shaking and seemed to be an aftershock w/in 5-10 minutes.
  • Guatemala - I felt my knees shake. And I ran out the door.
  • Antigua, Guatemala - was sitting on the bed with some friends watching a movie when the room began to shake and books fell off the shelves. ran outside and the ground continued to roll for a few seconds. moderate shaking - felt one weaker aftershock so far.
  • San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico - Started to feel the sway while at my desk. I ran outside and it lasted for what seemed to be about a minute. I am still feeling things settle into place, several minutes later.
  • Guatemala City - It was horrible.
  • Santa Cruz la Laguna - A few seconds. Nothing major.
  • Guatemala - Es el temblor más fuertes que he sentido después del terremoto de 1976. Para referencia tengo 40 años.
  • San Jose Chacaya - Moderate shaking but very long... about 15 sec.
  • Quetzaltenango - the quake was strong and long. still feeling aftershocks.
  • Guatemala City - Yea I was sitting on my bed then felt a little shake and boom it hit
  • Buena Vista - We have an Academy here and the block walls were waving up and down.
  • San marcos la laguna solola guatemala - I have a restaurant here in the village centre and the shake took bottles of the shelves.The building shook quiet a lot
  • Antigua, Guatemala - Light shaking for 30 seconds.
  • Antigua Guatemala - The roof started creaking first and then the ground began to move. i got into a reinforced doorway and then the whole house began to roll like on a giant wave. no damage, other than to nerves.
  • Xela - Some photos fell around the house and I the whole house was shaking vigorously. I'm American so I asked if this was "normalmente" locals smiled cuz this wasn't.
  • Xela - Shaking went on for a minute, dishes crashed, books fell off shelves and this went on for well over a minute
  • Guatemala City - Closet and shower door were moving. It went on about a minute.
  • Parramos - Strong wave like shaking - lasted on and off for 1 minute or more.
  • Guat City - Shaking side to side in my hotel
  • Santa Cruz la Laguna - I felt shaking for approx. 15 seconds. Not as bad as the one in the fall of 2012, which was 7.2. Slight aftershock.
  • Antigua - Light shaking felt inside and outside. small after tremor.
  • Centro Dos South of Nuva Concepcion - Reading a book when it started felt pretty strong nothing broke here just a long period of shaking
  • Antigua - I was looking up information in Wikipedia on the Island of Garbage in the pacific, and also learning some icelandic when, Bam, here it comes, and I'm like, today is far too hung over a day to die.
  • Zone 14 Guatemala City - On floor 12 multi axis shaking 90 seconds with several aftershocks. On phone with person across town who also felt it. Strongest felt in 2 years.
  • Panajachel - The bed and closet units started moving around, floor shaking, lasted about 30 seconds, no damage!
  • Antigua - My 3 storey hotel was rocking...pretty strong.
  • San Juan, Solola - House shaking pretty badly. Everyone came out into streets. Worse one here in a long time.
  • Comitancillo - The entire room, walls, ceiling, and doors shook and we ran out of the house, even while it was still shaking, to be safe. Strongest and longest one I've ever been through personally.
  • San Juan del Obispo - The windows started rattling and we waited a moment, then ran out to a clear area. Even the plants were shaking!
  • San Antonio Aguas Calientes - As a Michigan native who has lived here nearly 3 years, this made me want to brush up on my earthquake procedures.
  • San Cristobal El Alto, Antigua - Felt strong shaking which lasted about 25 seconds. This was the strongest earthquake in the seven years I have lived in Guatemala. There was another aftershock approximately 10 minutes after the first quake, but much shorter in duration and intensity.
  • Guatemala City - We were eating dinner out on the balcony, and it was literally swaying back and forth, stronger than I've ever felt.
  • Guatemala City - Definitely the strongest I've felt in 10 years. We were outside and the trees were swaying rapidly.
  • Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala - Moderate shaking that went on for a while. Ran out of the house because of the length of it.
  • Antigua - Strong shaking of house in Antigua Guatemala
  • Guatemala - One of the most strong I've felt in the passed years.
  • Zona 15 - Zona 15 - Apartment - Strong shaking
  • San Lucas Sacatepequez - Ran outside, one aftershock that was pretty strong.
  • Antigua - I lived for 50 years with California earthquakes, but this was my "best" one. There wasn't much "shacking." In was rolling. My new apartment stood the test, first the initial rolling, and then a few minutes later with a another onset. Nothing fell off the wall, or the table, but the rolling was magnificent, and a new feeling. More like an amusement park ride than a California shaker.
  • Antigua, Guatemala - I was outside - everything was swaying, but nothing crashed or broke. It seemed to last forever - I'm guessing 2 minutes in length. We ran away from the buildings and I stood as I used to on the subway in the USA, with legs spread. It felt like a wild subway ride.
  • Panajachel - Strong and long enough for us to go outside. Dogs ran outside, barking, hackles up.
  • Antigua, Guatemala - Nothing knocked down. Lasted above 1 minute. Milder aftershock about 10 minutes later.
  • Antigua Guatamala - I was on my bed in the hotel room when everything started shaking , it's was long and strong, everything moved and when I stood up to move I got dizzy!!! Very scary
  • Antigua - I have never experienced an earthquake so at first I didn't know what was going on, then the shaking got worse. It was crazy. Any bigger and things would've been falling
  • Guatemala City - I'm on 7th floor of building and the swaying and downward shaking very strong and went on for long time
  • Antigua - I was preforming a puppet show and the whole house started shaking and I put my puppets away.
  • Antigua - I was trying to fall asleep and the bed began to shake. I rolled over and noticed the lampshade shaking rapidly. Everything on the house shook and was very loud. Nothing was knocked off the walls or fell off tables or shelves
  • Guatemala City - felt it very much on the sixth floor of The Intercontinental. it lasted for about 40 seconds
  • Guatemala City - The house started shaking and it got a little worse but is was only scary for a few seconds.
  • Quetzaltenango - Our house shook violently for about 45 seconds. This felt stronger than the one last November.
  • Guatemala City Zona 7 - Glass cups on counter shook and ceiling fans swayed along with electric light poles in the street shook long constant sway.
  • San Pedro La Laguna - Lasted about 40 seconds. Mild at first, everything stated rumbling when it peaked
  • Fraijanes - I felt it in my room, I was in my bed when I felt movements, get up and then feel a strong shake
  • La Antigua Guatemala - Was on second floor of my house. Was a moderate shaking. No damage. Was difficult to stand.
  • Zone 14, Guatemala City - Felt very strong
  • Panajachel, Guatemala - I was on the phone with my mother who was calling from Panajachel as it happened, she said it was pretty strong and everyone was running outside.
  • Guatemala City, Carretera a Chinautla - House and floor shaking pretty strong, all stuff skaking around but not big deal, no damage, Some of us came out into streets.
  • Guatemala, City - Very strong shaking :
  • Guatemala City - (I'm a pilot staying overnight in Guatemala City at the Crown Plaza by the airport. On the second floor my bed started moving as I watched TV and progressively got worse for about 10 seconds then subsided. A very weak aftershock occurred 5-10 min later. So far no damage can be seen.
  • Santa Lucía Milpas Altas, Sacatepequez - Glases and plates broke and some fell from the plater.
  • Quetzaltenango - Whole apartment building was swaying, dishes and books knocked down, went on about a minute and ran outside and several large aftershocks a couple of minutes later.
  • San Cristobal, Mixco - Much stronger then the quake in san marcos last year!
  • Quetzaltenango, Guatemala - It was sudden, strong and relatively long.
  • El Hato Sacatepequez - Strong shaking, 10-15 seconds followed by small aftershock, no structural or interior damage.
  • Guatemala - Was putting on a puppet show when the whole room started shaking and I ran outside without even taking the puppets off my hand... kids in the street looked at me like, why does this gringo have puppets on his hand.
  • San Cristobal Zone 8 - Power went out for a moment. Concrete walls and floors clearly shaking for about 35 seconds.
  • Antigua - Strong shaking, 15-20 seconds. Hanging ceiling lights were swaying as was an earthenware pot perched high on a shelf. 5-10 minutes later there was another short one, much weaker.
  • Pacoxom - Light fixture swayed, dishes rattled, we exited house.
  • Villa Nueva - Strong shaking, follow security procedures, take cover under desk, then walk to designated safe areas to head counting After a while back to normal
  • Antigua - Felt like something huge had hit the house. Grabbed kid and went outside. Water was sloshing out of the pond.
  • San Marcos la laguna - Pretty good shaking for 30-40 seconds. Strong enough to make us head for a door frame to stand in. Small after shock a few minutes later.
  • Guatemala City - At first was a Little weak bounce then start shaking stronger side by side.
  • Guatemala Ciyi - I hope everyone in my city are well
  • Antigua - Left the building. It was a long earthquake
  • Guatemala City zona 10 - Lots of shakings for aboutv15 sec
  • Antigua, Guatemala - The earth tremor occurred in the NW but the shock waves hit our house in Antigua from the south. all house movement was from south to north. and the earthquake last year that wrecked San Marco was felt 10 times worse in Antigua than this one!
  • Quetzaltenango - On second floor of colonial hotel in center a good 30 second shake - quickly exited down stairs and out to the street with a number of other people as it stopped. Some folks were shaken up. Every cell phone was out. As others, felt aftershock about 10 minutes later - maybe 5-10 seconds in duration. And life goes on...
  • Quetzaltenango - Strong shaking for about 2 minutes. Does not seem to be much damage. One aftershock.
  • Guatemala city - Very strong
  • San Pedro La Laguna, Lago Atitlan - Everything was shaking, things fell of the shelf, I ran outside and all my puppies were crying.
  • Quetzaltenango - Very strong shaking small items have fallen.
  • La Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala - Was standing on second floor balcony. light shake at first followed by moderate shake.
  • Parramos - Just felt an aftershock - time 19:15
  • Villa Nueva - Felt very strong , as strong as last November earthquake.
  • Ciudad vieja - Well water was very low in this morning near La Antigua.
  • Guatemala City - Strong shaking that lasted for maybe 30-45 seconds.
  • Panajachel - I was watching Men in Black II (the worst in the MIB Trilogy) and after an explosion in the movie I noticed that even after the movie's dialogue had resumed the rumble from the explosion was moving me in my chair. It was then that I knew something mysterious was occurring. I turned to my wife and she went outside. The quake lasted about 32 seconds but it felt like a minute and ten seconds.
  • Magdalena, Miplas Altas - Pretty strong shaking. Still feeling aftershocks.
  • Antigua Guatemala - shaking
  • Guatemala City - We were in a movie theatre on the third floor and felt the quake quite strongly, after a few seconds many of us got up to leave the theater and looked for evacuation routes. Many did not go back into the theater until 5 minutes or so after the shake just to make sure there would be no after-shake.
  • San Marcos La Laguna - My apartment was shaking very strongly for what felt like a minute or two. Lots of noise as windows and refrigerator and pots/pans shook. Only one small item fell on the floor, and no other visible damage, but the noise and shaking were quite strong.
  • San Pedro la Laguna - Seemed to last a good 30 seconds with enough shaking to rattle things, but nothing fell or broke. Two short aftershocks also.
  • quetzaltenango - scary
  • Minerva, Xela - 45 seconds strong was could here thuds every second or so
  • Quezaltepeque, El Salvador - Strong and sustained swaying, everyone in this town ran to the streets.
  • Guatemala City - Pretty strong shake... just froze and hoped for the best...
  • Pastores, Guatemala - Lights were swinging on ceiling. Our first expereince with an earthquake.
  • Guatemala city - The strongest I've felt in the last 2 years in GT city.
  • Guatemala City - On a 10th floor.... intense trepidatory movement for about 45 very loooong seconds. I generally dont freak out with tremors, but this one was very scary.
  • Zona 16, Guatemala City - It was one strong shake for me standing at the kitchen sink.
  • Antigua - We were playing with the kids, felt strong, we ran out side to the garden the big trees where moving of the strongest shaking i have ever felt and I am a local i am use to this shakes since ever! i hope everything is ok and no more strong shakes.
  • Antigua - Was really hard. I was in a restaurant and thought was the BIG ONE.
  • La Antigua, Guatemala - Strongest and longest I have ever felt (been through 20 or 30), more of a "shaker" then a "roller". I was on the ground floor of a new high end Hotel After 10 seconds or so I tried to walk to the window, the shaking actually made it difficult to walk so I decided to head out to the garden area instead.Most people had already evacuated I stayed out long enough that I did not feel the after shock. I hope none of the injuries are too serious.
  • Zone 14 Guatemala City - Felt strong shaking for about 45 seconds , it built up to very strong in in middle of that time, then slowly eased off.
  • Ciudad de Guatemala - mi casa se movía hacia los lados, fue intenso, pasó mucho tiempo y seguía sintiendo el movimiento, es estresante pues la tierra bajo nuestros pies se mese y causa mareo, me da mucho temor cuando tiembla...
  • Guatemala, Gua - I Heard a "clack-clack-clack" noise caused by the paintings against the walls. The movement was like that of a hammock.
  • Jaibalito - All the village felt it and had great alarm. Everyone ran outside. NO harm done as far as we know. An MMI III "Weak shaking" aftershock was felt later. The second MMI II was felt at 2AM 7 Sept, we were awaken from our sleep.
  • Xela - Les murs ont tremblé, apparemment verticalement ce qui a permis d'éviter trop de dégâts. Première expérience assez effrayante...
  • San Juan La Laguna, Solola - Started light, but then got a lot stronger, walls moved and small things fell down. It was not as strong as the one last year but had several small after shakes. The dogs got really nervous as well.
  • Guatemala city, Guatemala - It was strong and long.
  • Tapachula, Mexico - I was in my service patio training my dog when the walls around me began to move. They were moving like palm trees swaying in the wind. All of my family got out of the house. What amazed me was the length of the quake. It seemed VERY LONG!!
  • Panajachel - It seemed to go on for a long time. Usually during quakes my agua pura bottle slops around. This time it didn't. But I knew it was a strong one. No damage. Cat upset.
  • GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico Sep 07 00:13 6.4 87 MAP


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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