Four Earthquakes Strike Guatemala, Three Dead

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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Four 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 three, was centered some 52 kilometers south of the capital. The quakes occurred in less than a three hour period.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the four quakes ranged in magnitude from 4.5 to 5.8.

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

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