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Tremor Strikes Guatemala on April 15 – Live Coverage of Latest Earthquake Update from INSIVUMEH and SSG

The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) in coordination with the Seismological Service of Guatemala (SSG) are responsible for disseminating information in real-time about the latest earthquakes in Guatemala today, Monday, April 15. Mix Management provides information on seismic activity with the time, magnitude, and epicenters of the telluric movements in different departments of the Guatemalan territory such as Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Retalhuleu, Suchitepéquez among others.

Guatemala is one of the countries with the highest seismic activity in Central America, surrounded by three important tectonic plates: Caribbean, Cocos, and North America. Additionally, there are four faults including Motagua, Chixoy-Polochic, Jalpatagua, and Jocotán Chamelecón.

During the year 2024, more than 330 earthquakes have been recorded in the national territory. The 6.0 magnitude earthquake on January 26 caused damage in departments such as Escuintla, Quetzaltenango, Sololá, and Suchitepéquez, according to the Information Management System in Cases of Emergency or Disaster -SISMICEDE.

Follow the latest reports from INSIVUMEH and SSG, entities that monitor seismic activity in the Republic of Guatemala through the National Seismological Network.

What should you do during an earthquake?

  • If you are inside, stay there! Get under a desk or table and hold on (drop, cover, and hold on!), or move into a hallway or against an interior wall. Stay away from windows, fireplaces, and heavy furniture or appliances. Leave the kitchen, as it can be a dangerous place. Do not run downstairs or outside while the building is shaking.
  • If you are outside, go open, away from buildings, power lines, chimneys, and anything else that could fall on you.
  • If you are driving, stop carefully. Move your car away from traffic as much as possible. Do not stop on or under a bridge, overpass, trees, utility poles, power lines, or signs. Stay inside your car until the shaking stops.
  • If you are in a mountain area, be cautious of falling rocks, landslides, trees, and debris that could be dislodged by earthquakes.
  • If you are near the ocean, refer to safety rules from the NOAA Tsunami Warning Center.

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