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6 Earthquakes Strike Guatemala in 12 Hours


Refugees take cover from the rain under an improvised shelter at a military zone for people displaced by earthquakes in Cuilapa, Guatemala, September 19, 2011.

Refugees take cover from the rain under an improvised shelter at a military zone for people displaced by earthquakes in Cuilapa, Guatemala, September 19, 2011.

Six separate earthquakes in 12-hours struck the Central American nation of Guatemala Monday and Tuesday, killing at least three people and causing buildings in the capital, Guatemala City, to shake.

The largest quake, with a magnitude of 5.8, hit just after noon local time (1834 UTC). The quake, like the other five, was centered some 52 kilometers south of the capital.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the six quakes ranged in magnitude from 4.3 to 5.8.

One woman died when her house collapsed in the town of Cuilapa. A landslide was also reported following the quakes, burying a car.

The quakes caused the evacuation of buildings in the area and affected electricity and telephone services.

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