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Latino Daily News

Monday July 7, 2014

6.4 Magnitude Earthquake in Mexico Kills Three in Guatemala

At least three people were killed Monday in Guatemala by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 whose epicenter was in southern Mexico, national emergency management office director Alejandro Maldonado said.

Some residences and public buildings collapsed in western Guatemala, officials said.

An alert has been issued in the wake of the powerful quake, which mainly affected San Marcos province, located on the border with Mexico, national emergency management office spokesman Alejandro Maldonado said.

Classes have been cancelled in most provinces in western Guatemala due to the earthquake, Education Minister Cynthia del Aguila said.

The temblor was “extremely strong,” National Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology Institute, or Insivumeh, director Eddy Sanchez said.

The Insivumeh initially estimated that the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.6.

The earthquake’s epicenter was located about 200 kilometers (124 miles) west of Guatemala City near the Mexican port city of Puerto Madero, where the national seismology network registered a magnitude of 6.9.

The U.S. Geological Survey, or USGS, said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.1 and its epicenter was about eight kilometers (4.9 miles) from Puerto Madero in the city of Tapachula, located on the border with Guatemala.

The Mexican national emergency management office said no injuries had been reported.

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