2007 Guatemala earthquake

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2007 Guatemala earthquake
Guatemala Quake June 13.2007.jpg
UTC time ??
ISC event
Date * June 13, 2007 (2007-06-13)
Local date
Local time
Magnitude 6.7 Mw
Depth 23 km (14 mi) [1]
Epicenter 13°33′N 90°37′E / 13.55°N 90.62°E / 13.55; 90.62Coordinates: 13°33′N 90°37′E / 13.55°N 90.62°E / 13.55; 90.62 [1]
Type Reverse [1]
Areas affected Guatemala
Max. intensity VI (Strong) [1]
Casualties None

The 2007 Guatemala earthquake occurred on June 13 at 13:29:46 local time. The epicenter was located in the Pacific Ocean, south of Puerto Quetzal, about 115 kilometres (71 mi) south-southwest of Guatemala City.

The quake was reportedly felt in Guatemala, El Salvador and parts of Mexico. The quake caused a minor landslide on the Inter-American Highway, and a small number of houses were reported to have been damaged or destroyed along Guatemala's south coast,[2] but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.[1]

While the USGS assigned a magnitude of 6.7 for this event, many local seismological agencies in Guatemala,[3] El Salvador and Nicaragua only registered the quake in the 5.5–6.0 range.[citation needed] These calculations are more accurate due to the seismographs' locations closer to the epicenter, and are in agreement with the minor shaking reported by residents.[citation needed]

In addition, the USGS coins all movements as earthquakes, while in Latin America, small movements such as this one are called tremors ("temblores" in Spanish).[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e USGS. "M6.7 - offshore Guatemala". United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Prensa Libre (June 14, 2007). "Sismo suscita alarma". prensalibre.com. Archived from the original on May 29, 2008. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  3. ^ INSIVUMEH. "Sismicidad registrada del 01 al 30 de junio 2007" (PDF). insivumeh.gob.gt. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Diccionario de la Lengua Española". Real Academia Española. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 

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