Magnitude 5 earthquake shakes northern Honduras

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

A earthquake of magnitude 4.9 degrees on the Richter scale shook the northern part of Honduras on Tuesday night, close to the region of Guatemala.

So far, the earthquake that was felt in much of Guatemala has left no fatalities or damage.

He temblor It surprised the residents of Santa Bárbara, Copán, Cortés and El Progreso, Yoro.

The epicenter of the event seismic It was detected 39 kilometers from the municipality of Puerto Barrios, in the department of Izabal, about 292 kilometers northeast of Guatemala City, according to the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh).

The earthquake had a depth of 10 kilometers, associated with the Motagua fault, and was also perceptible in the departments of Chiquimula and Zacapa, in the same region of eastern Guatemala.

Earthquake in Guatemala

In recent months, Guatemala has registered earthquakes sensitive in the national territory. On September 22, one of magnitude 5.4 was perceptible in the border area with Chiapas, Mexico, and on August 18 another one of magnitude 5.6 with an epicenter also on the Guatemalan coast of the Pacific Ocean.

Also, on June 23 Guatemala issued a “possible tsunami warning” following a magnitude 7.5 earthquake on the open Richter scale in southern Mexico.

Guatemala it forms the Pacific Belt or Ring of Fire, which concentrates some of the most important subsidence zones of tectonic plates in the world and therefore causes strong seismic activity.

Other countries such as Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Canada and the United States also make up the Belt. EFE

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