Guatemala recorded at least 44 earthquakes in less than 24 hours

The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSOFEM) reported that 36 of them occurred last Saturday.

The scientific body recorded 27 earthquakes in the capital region, and 7 in the Pacific Ocean, while the strongest force reached 4.1 and 4.2 on the Richter scale.

Last night, at 10:42 p.m. local time, alarms went off in the historic center of the city due to a 3.5 magnitude earthquake, with its epicenter in Escuintla.

The largest earthquake occurred at about 2:00 p.m. on the same day, but it occurred in Mexican territory, so it was not noticeable in any Chapina area.

The institution’s communications director, Albert Bethancourt, described the situation as normal, and stressed that if something happened that affected the country, another protocol would be adopted.

In his press statements, the official ruled out that these earthquakes were related to a phenomenon related to the infrastructure.

Data from the Insifumé site in Guatemala shows that since the beginning of 2024, there have been nearly 2,000 seismic events, a number approaching 40 events sensitive to the inhabitants of Quetzalland.

On May 12, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake (the largest in 2024) with its epicenter in the Pacific Ocean surprised residents after shaking several districts.

The National Disaster Reduction Coordinator later showed the impacts on roads and damage to various facilities.

The Pacific Ring of Fire, the region of greatest seismic and volcanic activity in the world, includes to the west Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, El Salvador, and Guatemala, among other countries.

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