Mexico, Central America hit by 6.9 quake

Last updated 11:54 08/07/2014

Relevant offers

Americas

Clinton says veep pick Kaine is everything GOP ticket isn't Here's how Larry the lobster avoided his date with the dinner plate Brazil police arrest 11th man suspected of Rio Olympics attack plans Experts: Violent years, seasons come in waves Danielle McLaughlin: Clinton looks to trump Trump with message of stability, experience The story of Sarah Root, who Trump said was sacrificed 'on the altar of open borders' Canadian teens playing Pokemon Go stray into US Hillary Clinton picks Tim Kaine as presidential race running mate In first day as nominee, Trump revives unsubstantiated accusation against Ted Cruz's father Donald Trump's dark vision of America based on specious numbers

A strong earthquake shook the border between Guatemala and Mexico on Monday, killing at least three people, including a newborn boy, damaging dozens of buildings and triggering landslides.

Much of the damage from the 6.9-magnitude quake was reported in the Guatemalan border region of San Marcos, where it downed power lines, cracked buildings and triggered landslides that blocked roads.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez said the baby died when a hospital ceiling collapsed on him in San Marcos, an area hit hard by quakes in recent years. In November 2012, the region suffered a 7.4-magnitude quake that killed 48 people.

‘‘With the reports we have so far, we can say this quake has caused moderate damage. It’s not light damage,’’ said Perez.

Authorities had earlier reported the death of two other people in San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta, also in San Marcos. However, Sergio Cabanas, a spokesman for Guatemalan emergency authority CONRED, said the reports turned out to be wrong.

Thirty-three people were hurt, many with head injuries, and 41 houses were severely damaged, Perez said. A further 39 houses suffered lighter damage, and 36 people in the municipality of San Sebastian Huehuetenango were evacuated, he added.

Across the border, authorities in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas said that two people died in building collapses.

‘‘This quake was pretty strong. Families in the area are really scared because of the whole experience of November 2012,’’ said San Marcos governor Luis Rivera.

Rivera said 48 homes were damaged in the local town of La Reforma, whose municipal cemetery was destroyed.

San Marcos suffered major disruptions in communication, added Sergio Vasquez, another spokesman for fire services.

The quake was centred 14 miles (22 km) southwest of the city of Tapachula in Chiapas at a depth of about 37 miles (60 km) said the U.S. Geological Survey, which originally reported the quake as having a magnitude of 7.1.

The quake was also felt in El Salvador.


Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content