5.7 Magnitude Quakes Shakes Guatemala, As Search For Volcano Victims Ends

Disaster officials say the quake did not cause any damage.

What you need to know
  • A 5.7 magnitude quake has struck Guatemala
  • There have been no reports of damage
  • Authorities earlier announced they would be ending efforts to locate 197 people still missing after the Fuego volcano erupted killing 110.

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake has struck Guatemala, according to the nation's disaster agency.

There are no known reports of damage and CONRED has said "all is calm" in Guatemala despite strong shaking.

Residents and authorities remain on alert following this month's Fuego volcano eruption which devastated areas around the capital city and killed more than 100 people.

The tremor struck at a depth of 100 kilometres, the USGS says, with CONRED reporting its epicentre was less than 50km from Escuintla, the area worst hit by the Fuego eruption.

Some survivors at Escuintla have told media they have lost their entire extended family.

Guatemala's Capital Has Been Devastated By a Violent Volcano Eruption

Overnight authorities confirmed they would be ending efforts to find nearly 200 people that are still missing following the volcano disaster.

“The search efforts are permanently suspended in the towns San Miguel Los Lotes and El Rodeo in the Escuintla municipality... the zone is uninhabitable and high risk,” CONRED said in a statement on Sunday.

It's estimated nearly 3000 people have been displaced following the disaster, after their homes were swallowed by ash and dirt.

The eruption is believed to be the strongest one recorded in the last 40 years, with minor explosions still occurring.