Quake rocks Guatemala; no damage reported

GUATEMALA CITY • An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 shook Guatemala, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), although disaster officials said it did not cause any damage. There was also no damage reported at the Fuego volcano where recent eruptions have killed 110 people.

Strong shaking was felt but "all is calm", Guatemala's disaster agency said in a statement. A witness said tremors were not felt in the capital Guatemala City.

The epicentre was near the Pacific Coast less than 18.7km from Escuintla, an area at the Fuego volcano's base that suffered the most deaths and injuries from eruptions of gas and ash that began two weeks ago. The tremor struck at a depth of 100km, according to the USGS.

The search for the nearly 200 people missing since the eruption on June 3 was called off on Sunday.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2018, with the headline 'Quake rocks Guatemala; no damage reported'. Print Edition | Subscribe