UPDATED- Guatemala earthquake triggers rockfalls and uproots trees

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GUATEMELA CITY, Feb 16 (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck southwestern Guatemala early on Wednesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said, uprooting trees and causing landslides.

The quake was at a depth of 96 km (60 miles), with the epicentre 16 km east of Tiquisate, Guatemala, EMSC said.

Guatemala’s disaster agency, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED), pegged the earthquake at a magnitude of 6.8.

Images shared by the agency on social media showed landslides and fallen trees blocking certain routes following the earthquake.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The initial temblor was followed by two aftershocks of above magnitude 4 in the region, according to EMSC.

(Reporting by Sofia Menchu in Guatemala City, Bhargav Acharya and Mrinmay Dey in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Frank Jack Daniel)

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