September 20, 2011- On Monday, four separate earthquakes hit the Central American country of Guatemala. All four took place within a span of sixty minutes. One person was killed and many others injured. The largest quake registered 5.8 and was only 32 miles south of Guatemala City. The other three registered 4.8 or less. All of them were within forty miles of the capital city.
Damage was reported near the epicenter in the town of Santa Rosa. Reports of more than one deceased have yet to be confirmed but three people were still reported missing Tuesday morning.
Most of the damage consisted of walls of homes and buildings that crumbled or roofs that caved in. Rescue personnel were on the scene in Santa Rosa shortly after the midday quakes hit and were digging through rubble trying to locate the three reported missing. There were also reports of five to six cars buried under debris but no one was reported inside the cars at the time of the quakes.
In Guatemala City, office buildings were evacuated after the strongest of the four quakes rattled the city. There was no apparent damage so security personnel quickly allowed the workers to return to their offices. Most people in the capital went about their business as usual since the tremors felt in the city were not as strong as near the epicenter.