Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake Hits Guatemala; 1 Confirmed Death

GUATEMALA–(ENEWSPF)–September 19, 2011.  The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a 5.8 magnitude earthquake has struck at 2 PM EDT (18:00 UTC) about 32 miles (53 km) southeast of Guatemala City.

Evelyn Ruano, a spokesperson with the President’s office reported to CNN that, “We felt some strong termors. We heard that the first tremor registered about 4.8 and the second, 5.8. There are people buried in rubble. Firefighters are on the scene in the department of Santa Rosa. We have one confirmed dead.”

Sources: U.S. Geological Survey and CNN news

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