2 strong earthquakes close to the coast of Guatemala - 1 person killed

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Sad update 10:24 UTC : We are very sad to report that César Enrique Juárez, 34 years old, who worked and lived in Villa Nueva has been killed on the job. He was buried by material. The rescue fire fighters arrived rapidly at the scene but, even though his co-workers had done already a lot of work,
Click here for the (Spanish) article describing what happened
Other reports from the Guatemala press are mentioning cracks in houses, factory buildings, etc

The deceased person lived in Villa Nueva

The deceased person lived and worked in Villa Nueva


Update 23:14 UTC : a second almost similar earthquake occurred in the late afternoon. USGS reported a Magnitude of M5.8

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Update 13:09 UTC : This earthquake might well be related to the Panama earthquake of yesterday. Although this can't be scientifically proven, earthquakes in the past did coincidentally also happen shortly after each other in the same tectonic plate areas. The greater Champerico region has been hit by a big number of earthquakes the last couple of years.

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50km (31mi) SSW of Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala
53km (33mi) SW of La Gomera, Guatemala
58km (36mi) S of Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate, Guatemala
66km (41mi) WSW of Puerto San Jose, Guatemala
138km (86mi) SW of Guatemala City, Guatemala

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-12-07 12:11:31

Depth (Hypocenter) : 28 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala Dec 07 22:23 4.7 41 MAP
EMSC Offshore Guatemala Dec 07 22:23 4.7 40 MAP
GEOFON Near Coast Of Guatemala Dec 07 22:23 4.8 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala Dec 07 21:16 5.8 32 MAP
EMSC Offshore Guatemala Dec 07 21:16 6.0 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near Coast Of Guatemala Dec 07 21:16 5.7 30 MAP
  • Quetzaltenango - At first I thought wind was shaking the hostel in which we were staying, but bed is on a concrete floor & chandelier swung (via emsc)
  • Guatemala City - Seemed not to last as long as the earthquake this morning at 0611 but was felt stronger. (via emsc)
  • Guatemala City - It was a fairly long earthquake compared to the other two today. I'd say it lasted 45 seconds.(via emsc)
  • Antigua - More pronounced than the earlier quake same day, and seemed to last longer. There were several "shudders" or wave-like feelings passing through the house in several waves throughout the shaking event. We felt the house move back and forth pretty vigorously but nothing fell or was broken (home is built to CA earthquake standards). It was alarming because while we expected aftershocks, this one was stronger than the first one today, which woke several of our family up around 6:15 am.
  • GEOFON Near Coast Of Guatemala Dec 07 19:40 4.7 30 MAP
    EMSC Offshore Guatemala Dec 07 19:40 4.7 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala Dec 07 16:05 4.4 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Offshore Guatemala Dec 07 16:05 4.4 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala Dec 07 14:09 4.5 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Offshore Guatemala Dec 07 14:09 4.5 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Guatemala Dec 07 14:09 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala Dec 07 12:11 5.6 43 MAP
    EMSC Offshore Guatemala Dec 07 12:11 5.8 40 MAP
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Guatemala Dec 07 12:11 5.8 28 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Santiago - No damage
  • Villa Canales - Estaba parada, recien me habia levantado
  • Guatemala city - Woke me up
  • San Pedro las Huertas - Woke me up. Antigua no damage.
  • Antigua - Out of 5 people in our house, woke up 4 of us. Lasted long enough to be recognized as earthquake after waking from deep sleep. Doors and windows banged in the frames and the bed was shaking back and forth. Was over pretty quickly.

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    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.
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
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    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.
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