2007 Guatemala earthquake
|Date||June 13, 2007|
|Depth||23 kilometres (14 mi)|
The 2007 Guatemala earthquake occurred on June 13, 2007 occurred at 19:29:46 UTC (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 small number of houses were reported to have been damaged or destroyed along Guatemala's south coast, but there were no reports of major damages or casualties.
While the USGS assigned a magnitude of 6.7 for this event, many local seismological agencies in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua only registered the quake in the 5.5 – 6.0 range. 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.
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). This misnomer confused the international community into thinking this event was much larger and more severe than it really was.
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