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Earthquakes in Los Amateos 1976, Guatemala

Earthquakes in Guatemala

In Guatemala there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.

Since 1950 more than 23100 people died by direct consequences of earthquakes. 3 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Guatemala by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.

  • Jun 26, 1:05 am
    Magnitude 4.6: 6 km north-northeast of El Tejar at a depth of 193 km.
  • Jun 23, 8:28 am
    Magnitude 4.3: 28 km south-southwest of Acajutla, El Salvador at a depth of 44.86 km.
  • Jun 23, 2:37 pm
    Magnitude 4.8: 50 km north-northeast of Savannah Bight, Honduras at a depth of 10 km.
  • Jun 21, 12:45 pm
    Magnitude 4.3: 164 km south-southwest of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador at a depth of 10 km.
  • Jun 19, 11:57 am
    Magnitude 5.1: 82 km south of Iztapa at a depth of 24.86 km.
  • Jun 16, 8:09 pm
    Magnitude 4.0: 3 km west-northwest of La Libertad, Mexico at a depth of 73.39 km.

Earthquakes in Guatemala since 1950

Earthquakes in Los Amateos 1976, GuatemalaThe strongest earthquake in Guatemala happened on 10/23/1950 in the region San Marcos with a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
02/16/2022Baja Verapaz, Guatemala, Quezaltenango83 km6.23
06/22/2017Escuintla, Suchitepequez, Guatemala49 km6.80
06/14/2017Quetzaltenango, Suchitepequez; Mexico39 km6.95
09/07/2013Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango57 km6.41
11/07/2012San Marcos, San Cristobal Cochu46 km7.348
09/19/2011Cuilapa Santa Rosa55 km5.61
04/15/2008Guatemala4 km6.10
01/05/2008Colomba, Flores, Costa Cuca45 km5.60
06/13/2007Guatemala City40 km6.70
07/11/1999Izabal-Puerto Barrios; Honduras16 km6.72
01/10/1998Quezaltenango, San Marcos, Solola5 km6.60
09/10/1993Southwest; Mexico (Chiapas)54 km7.21
09/18/1991Guatemala City, Pachuta, Solola13 km6.225
11/03/1988S Palin, San Vicente Pacaya10 km6.05
02/03/1986Ixchiguan, San Marcos Province46 km4.70
10/11/1985San Miguel Upsantan10 km4.50
05/18/1980S Coast38 km5.30
10/27/1979Guatemala57 km6.84
10/09/1979Guatemala29 km4.70
07/29/1978Patzun32 km4.517
03/13/1976Guatemala41 km5.14
02/04/1976Chimaltenango, Guatemala City43 km7.523000
10/23/1950San Marcos20 km7.50


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.
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