Location Maps of 4.8 magnitudes earthquakes in Guatemala. PHoto: U.S.G.S
Location Maps of 4.8 magnitudes earthquakes in Guatemala. PHoto: U.S.G.S

Four earthquakes of magnitudes 5.8, 4.5 and 4.8 struck southern Guatemala Monday followed by two aftershocks of magnitudes 4.3 and 4.6 early Tuesday.

The four earthquakes struck Guatemala continuously within 90 minutes, shaking buildings in the capital, triggering landslides and killing three people.

The highest magnitude of the four earthquakes was recorded 5.8 on Richter scale that hit Guatemala at a depth of 39.4 km (24.5 miles) on Sept. 19, 2011, at 18:34:00 UTC, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The epicenter of the quake was located at 53 km (32 miles) south east of Guatemala’s capital in Central America.

The two 4.8 magnitudes earthquakes that occurred at 18:00:01 and 19:17:54 UTC were also located around 41 to 51 kilometers south east of Guatemala City.

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake that struck at 20:30:04 UTC was found to be located at 60 km (37 miles) east of south east of Escuintla, Guatemala.

Cities of Los Esclavos, 65 km (40 miles) from Guatemala City and Cuilapa were affected the most where people were injured and displaced by earthquakes and aftershocks.

Two aftershocks in the region were further reported during the early hours of Sept. 20.

A 4.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at a depth of 24 km (14.9 miles) at 04:28:52 UTC, while another aftershock of magnitude 4.3 struck at a depth of 40.1 km (24.9 miles) at 00:22:52 UTC on Tuesday.

Both the aftereffects were located south east of Guatemala City at about 51 to 64 kilometers.