ShakeMap (Calculated intensity of this earthquake near Guatemala City):

View ShakeMap, Epicenter and historical seismicity on interactive map

General data about this earthquake:

Time (UTC): 2022-08-30 03:55
Magnitude: 4.5
Depth: 10.0 km (Given depths of 10 km are often provided automatically by earthquake surveys if the exact depth was not located yet.)
Maximum intensity: 4.4 (EMS scale)

Given earthquake data might be preliminary (uncertain) until manual revision by a scientist is done.

Nearby places

City Country Intensity (EMS-98) Population Distance epicenter (km) Effects
La Gomera GT 3.7 24000 49.3 weakly felt
Nueva Concepción GT 3.6 11000 53.2 weakly felt
Puerto San José GT 3.4 19000 58.6 weakly felt
Tiquisate GT 3.3 18000 62.5 weakly felt
Iztapa GT 3.2 4000 70.3 weakly felt
Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa GT 2.8 62000 75.2 barely felt
Escuintla GT 2.7 103000 86.4 barely felt
Petapa GT 2.1 141000 119.1 barely felt
Coatepeque GT 2.0 46000 123.7 barely felt
Villa Nueva GT 2.0 407000 119.3 barely felt

Current earthquake activity near Guatemala City:

Due to lack of data no comparison with long-term trends is possible for this region.


Since 1960, 2111 earthquakes larger than Magnitude 4.5 were detected in this region. This makes an average of 35.2 earthquakes larger than M4.5 per year around Guatemala City. Therefore, the general earthquake activity is usually very high and quakes of this size have an average recurrence time of approx. 0.3 months (9 days).

Largest earthquakes in this map section* (Guatemala City and nearby)

Date Magnitude Depth (km)
2012-11-7 7.4 24
1970-4-29 7.3 35
1982-6-19 7.3 73
1993-9-10 7.2 34
1983-12-2 7.0 67
2017-6-14 6.9 93
2014-7-7 6.9 53
2017-6-22 6.8 38
1979-10-27 6.8 58
1993-9-3 6.8 26

*Data: USGS (Magnitude 5 +, since 1960). See all historical earthquakes in the interactive map linked above.

What to do in case of an earthquake?

1. No panic.

2. If you are inside a building: Seek shelter under stable furniture (e.g. dining table). Be aware of falling objects. Do not flee the building! Falling roof tiles, bricks, and glass can harm you. After the shaking stops: Turn off the electronical devices. Check gas pipes for leaks. Check for structural damage. Leave your house if you are uncertain. In case of damage: Do not enter the building before a professional safety check! Dangerous aftershocks might follow. Help your neighbors if necessary. If outdoors: Keep away from buildings, try to find open space, crouch down, and cover your head with your arms. Do not run on the streets before checking for cars. Always watch your environment.

3. If you are near the coast: In case of strong or long-lasting shaking evacuate to higher grounds immediately! A tsunami might be possible. Do not wait for official warnings. In areas of a high tsunami threat, follow the evacuation route signs but be aware of possible damaged buildings and landslides on your route. Once reaching a higher / save point, listen to official instructions and warnings.

4. If you are in the mountains or near a steep slope: Watch for rockfalls, landslides, and avalanches. Get away from slopes immediately and protect your head with your arms.

5. Try to help people in need. Take special care of elderly people and children. After the earthquake stopped, confirm that your neighbors, friends, and family are save. Help them, if necessary but do not get yourself into a dangerous situation. Call and wait for professional rescue teams.