A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala and also caused alarm in neighboring El Salvador, although no casualties were immediately reported.
The temblor, whose epicenter was located in the southwestern Guatemalan province of Quetzaltenango more than 260 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of the capital, struck at 6:13 p.m. Friday, the head of Guatemala’s Seismology Institute, Eddy Sanchez, said.
The quake was felt throughout most of Guatemala, but especially in the country’s western, southern and central regions.
The Conred emergency response agency urged Guatemalans to remain calm in the wake of the powerful temblor.
People in some regions suffered nervous crises, according to firefighters, but there have been no reports of casualties. The quake also caused alarm but no causalities in El Salvador, emergency management officials there said.
On Nov. 7, 2012, a 7.2-magnitude quake rattled eight southwestern Guatemalan provinces, leaving 44 dead and 175 injured.