At least three people are dead and more than a dozen others were seriously injured Monday as the southwestern Guatemalan province of Santa Rosa was struck by three earthquakes, including a magnitude-5.8 temblor.

A spokesperson for the Volunteer Firefighters told media that a woman was killed and her three children injured in a landslide in the city of Cuilapa.

Two other people died when a mudslide caused by the earthquake buried their vehicle, officials said.

Massive avalanches left a number of communities in Santa Rosa cut off, complicating the efforts of first responders.

The spokesman for the CONRED emergency management office, David de Leon, said heavy rains in the region were also hampering the ability of police and firefighters to reach the affected areas.

Hundreds of people in Santa Rosa remained outside their homes out of fear of additional quakes, according to media accounts, while authorities set up temporary shelters for residents displaced by earthquake damage.

The first temblor came at 11:59 a.m., followed by two more in the space of less than an hour.

The quakes were felt throughout southern and central Guatemala.

Authorities in Guatemala City ordered the Supreme Court evacuated after the vibrations from the temblors shattered windows in the building.  

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