Guatemala It is one of the Latin American countries most vulnerable to earthquakes due to its location in the area with the highest seismic activity in the world, the Pacific Ring of Fire. Where did the last earthquake happen? Daily, the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala (INSIVUMEH) keeps us updated with the latest information on today’s tremor in the Central American country.
Tremor today, Monday March 27: where was the last earthquake in Guatemala? According to INSIVUMEH
3.6 magnitude earthquake occurs in Escuintla
The earthquake reported in Guatemala occurred on March 27 at 3:09 p.m. in the department of Escuintla. The seismic movement had a magnitude of 3.6 and a depth of 13.42 km.
Is there a difference between tremor, earthquake and earthquake?
Technically, all three terms mean the same thing. However, “tremor” and “earthquake” are used to refer to a movement of low magnitude in colloquial language, while the opposite occurs with “earthquake”.
Report of sensitive earthquake of 4.8 in Escuintla
The last earthquake registered in Guatemala was this Monday, March 27 at 10:31 a.m. in the department of Escuintla. The seismic movement had a magnitude of 4.8 and a depth of 65.6 km.
What does Insivumeh stand for and what does it do?
The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) is in charge of studying the geography of Guatemala and monitors seismic activity through its digital platforms.
What parameters are used in seismology?
Among the most used parameters are the following:
1. Time of origin: date, hour, minutes and seconds at which the rupture that initiated the seismic event occurred.
2. Depth: distance from the surface to the place where the rupture or hypocenter begins.
3. Hypocenter or focus: place inside the earth where seismic waves originate.
4. Epicenter: point on the earth’s surface located above the hypocenter or focus.
What is the most common cause of earthquakes?
Earthquakes originate due to the displacement of the tectonic plates that make up the earth’s crust, affect large extensions that generate telluric movements.
Where was the epicenter of the last tremor in Guatemala?
The last earthquake registered in Guatemala was this Monday, March 27 at 06:04 a.m. in the department of Jutiapa. The seismic movement had a magnitude of 4.2 and a depth of 171.89 km.
What is the Richter scale?
According to specialists, the magnitude scale of an earthquake was initially studied by CF Richter in 1935, which is known as local magnitude (ML).
Over time it has evolved and currently the moment magnitude (Mw) is predominantly used.
Why do earthquakes occur in Guatemala?
According to the Department of Research and Geophysical Services of INSIVUMEH, the contact between the Cocos and Caribbean plates is of a convergent type, in which the Cocos Plate goes under the Caribbean Plate (phenomenon known as subduction). This process gives rise to a large amount of tremors and the formation of volcanoes.
How big was the last tremor today in Guatemala?
The last earthquake registered in Guatemala was this Monday, March 27 at 15:09 hours in the department of escuintla. The seismic movement had a magnitude of 3.6 y depth of 13.42 km.
Last tremor registered in Guatemala the day before yesterday, March 25. Photo: Insivumeh
Why are there tremors in Guatemala?
Tremors in Guatemala are frequent and are due to the country’s location within the Pacific Ring of Fire. In more precise terms, the high seismicity is due to the convergent contact between the Cocos and Caribbean plates, in which the first goes under the second (a phenomenon known as subduction). This contact is approximately 50 kilometers off the coast of the Pacific Ocean.
How does the seismic alert work in Guatemala?
Up to now, Guatemala does not have a seismic alert, although some public buildings and private schools have a manual alarm system, activated by a person, which allows a favorable response at the time of movement. Currently working on alarms that can serve as an early warning system.