Seismic Activity in Guatemala Continues
- Submitted by: manso
- 08 / 13 / 2010
Seismic activity continues in Guatemala without causing casualties or damages so far, while the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction and the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) are monitoring three volcanoes that have continuous activity.
Two earthquakes occurred on Tuesday; the first one in the northwestern department of Huehuetenango with a magnitude greater than 4.8 degrees on the Richter scale and the second with a magnitude of four degrees, in the northeastern department of Izabal.
According to INSIVUMEH, the source of the quake was located 140.1 km northeast of the capital and was felt in the neighboring territory of Zacapa.
In both cases the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction informs that there were no material or human damages.
On the other hand, both specialized institutions continue to monitor the behavior of the giants Pacaya, Fuego and Junior; especially the Pacaya (2.552 meters above sea level), which strongly erupted in May and in recent days has blue and white fumaroles in the Mackenney crater, stated the INSIVUMEH.
According to both agencies, the monitoring of Pacaya, located about 50 km south of the capital, is intense, as there is a possibility that its activity will increase.
By: Yoama Chappottin Ford