Three Earthquakes Strike Guatemala, 3 Dead

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Three separate earthquakes struck the Central American nation of Guatemala on Monday, killing at least three people and causing buildings in the capital, Guatemala City, to shake.

The largest quake, with a magnitude of 5.8, hit just after noon local time . The quake, like the other two, was centered some 52 kilometers south of the capital. The temblors occurred within a 90-minute period.

One woman died when her house collapsed in the town of Cuilapa. A landslide was also reported following the quakes.

The quakes caused the evacuation of buildings in the area and affected electricity and telephone services.