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 23,100 people died by the direct consequences of earthquakes. There were 3 earthquakes that also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lives, and cause additional damage.

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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 11:00 UTC.

Recent earthquakes in Guatemala
  • March 16, 7:35 pm
    Magnitude 4.2: 74 km south-southwest of Acajutla, El Salvador at a depth of 35 km.
  • March 13, 8:55 pm
    Magnitude 4.5: near the coast of Chiapas, Mexico at a depth of 35 km.
  • March 11, 10:39 pm
    Magnitude 4.6: 24 km southeast of Iztapa at a depth of 75.95 km.
  • March 11, 4:56 pm
    Magnitude 4.4: 37 km south of Iztapa at a depth of 62.43 km.
  • March 10, 8:34 am
    Magnitude 4.1: offshore El Salvador at a depth of 60.06 km.
  • March 10, 7:11 am
    Magnitude 4.2: 16 km southwest of Nueva Concepción at a depth of 77.53 km.
  • March 8, 10:22 pm
    Magnitude 4.9: Mexico-Guatemala border at a depth of 127.97 km.

Earthquakes in Guatemala since 1950

Earthquakes in Los Amateos 1976, GuatemalaThe strongest earthquake in Guatemala happened on 10/23/1950 in the San Marcos region with a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami, leading to further victims and destruction.
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
11/03/1988South Palin, San Vicente Pacaya10 km6.05
02/03/1986Ixchiguan, San Marcos Province46 km4.70
10/11/1985San Miguel Upsantan10 km4.50
05/18/1980South 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. Data have been summarized and translated.
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