Late on Friday night, southern Guatemala faced a 6.1-magnitude earthquake, leaving authorities relieved as no casualties or material damage have been reported. The seismic event occurred at 11:52 pm (0552 GMT), originating seven kilometers (four miles) from the town of Taxisco and reaching a depth of 108 kilometers, as indicated by the US Geological Survey.
Guatemala’s Seismology Institute, measuring the tremor as 6.0, noted its impact in the south of the country and even in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Antigua Guatemala, situated 45 kilometers southwest of the capital Guatemala City.
Civil protection spokesman Rodolfo Garcia assured reporters, stating, “No casualties or damage have been reported so far.” Authorities are actively monitoring the situation at the national level to ensure the safety of residents and infrastructure.
Guatemala’s susceptibility to earthquakes is rooted in its geographical location, where the Caribbean and Cocos tectonic plates converge. Reports from authorities highlight that a staggering 90 percent of the country’s territory is prone to seismic activity.
In this latest seismic episode, the vigilance of authorities and the lack of reported casualties or damage underscore the nation’s resilience in the face of natural disasters. The incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing need for preparedness in regions susceptible to earthquakes.