5.6-magnitude earthquake shakes Guatemala

 A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook several villages in southern and central Guatemala Saturday, including the capital, according to the national seismological institute Insivumeh. 

AFP| Updated: Aug 15, 2015, 22:01 PM IST

Guatemala City: A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook several villages in southern and central Guatemala Saturday, including the capital, according to the national seismological institute Insivumeh. 

There was no damage, and no injuries or casualties were reported, according to a spokesman for the government`s disaster response office. 

The quake`s epicenter was located 79.7 kilometers (50 miles) south of Guatemala City, and it occurred at 7:09 am (1309 GMT). 

Guatemala is in a risk zone for tremors, as it is located where the Caribbean Cocos tectonic plates converge with North America`s tectonic plates. 

In 2012 and 2014, the department of San Marcos was hit by two earthquakes that left dozens dead.